photo Credit Sebastian Ziąbka & Brendan Harvey (2020)
“Mirrored” is the stunning new single from Taurian, an intriguing new London-based musician who fuses industrial & hard rock influences with trip-hop & electronica atmospherics to create a thrillingly original sound.
“Mirrored” is a beautiful sad banger that resembles a dream collaboration between Disclosure and Trent Reznor. “It’s about trying to save someone who doesn’t want to save themselves,” explains Taurian, aka Romanian-born musician Radu Constantin. “The frustration and feeling of hopelessness that brings with it, and ultimately letting go and resigning to the fact that it isn’t possible.”
The powerful accompanying video for “Mirrored” reflects these themes through the dynamic between moments of stillness and intensity, purity and rage, ultimately resting in resignation. Trapped in the morgue and in his own feelings, visiting his dead ex-love for one last time turns out to be a nightmare for the main character as he is forced to relive the experience of their relationship again.
“Mirrored” is the second single to be taken from Taurian’s self-titled debut album – due November 6th – following his debut single “Scream”, which builds from sinister Prodigy-style menace to a huge cathartic chorus.
Taurian has kept the nickname he was given by his girlfriend while studying for a degree in sound engineering at The School Of Sound Recording in Manchester, in honour of his star sign. “Being Taurus means you have single-mindedness and the ability to really focus on something,” says Taurian. “We don’t give up on something until we’ve achieved it.”
That’s certainly been the case for Taurian, ever since he came to England from his home “between two mountains” in Romania, where he grew up on the music his Rammstein-loving father introduced him to while working as a hard rock DJ at a radio station. He relished the multi-cultural, cosmopolitan nature of life in Manchester, as well as the diversity of its music scene.
“I learned my guitar chops to Pantera, and The Doors is music perfect for the mountains back in Romania,” he explains of the music which has shaped him as an artist. “Going through depression as a teenager, it was important to have music which spoke to me. From extreme metal, it’s been grunge, progressive bands, jazz and everything in between, before I discovered trip-hop and dance music in Manchester.”
An album born from break-ups – from his girlfriend and from The Night Suns, his hard rock band who split just as they were getting established on the live circuit – Taurian is a record that makes you stare into the abyss before encouraging you into the light, often within the same song. The album’s 10 tracks Taurian prowl from Portishead to Pantera via the visceral thrills of Twenty One Pilots, Four Tet and Jon Hopkins’ atmospherics. It’s far from easy listening, yet it’s frequently joyful and has a musical breadth to match his all-encompassing lyrical landscape.
It took emotional trauma and the grandeur of great art to get here, but there’s little doubt Taurian is an album that will establish its maker as a compelling musician, capable of creating anything. His success is written in the stars.
Taurian – ‘Taurian’ album tracklisting:
03 You Owe Me
07 Fire In My Veins
10 Alone In The Dark
Taurian is released November 6th 2020