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Mortal Mirror

Quix*O*Tic

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Mortal Mirror is the second and final album by D.C. trio Quix*O*tic (not to be confused with NYC band Quixotic). The band’s quirky blend of elements — dark, gothic bass and guitar tones tethered to jazzy percussion, or funeral march rhythms underlying smoky nightclub vocals — was highly unusual and staggeringly effective. In their short-lived career, core members and sisters Christina (guitar) and Mira Billotte (drums) created haunting and memorable music, on both their loopy covers of classic tunes and their original compositions (highlights here include the sexy, jazzy “Anonymous Face”, the psychedelic “The Breeze,” and the surly, stabby “Ice Cream Sundae”). Their take on Black Sabbath’s “Lord of This World” is a fantastic meeting of dirty, metallic guitar and early Grace Slick howl, and the sisters’ vocal performances on R&B singer Billy Stewart’s “Sitting in the Park” and Aaron Neville’s “Tell It Like It Is” are stunningly soulful, though the barren pulse of the bass and the empty, echoing space around the lyrics lend sorrowful tint to both songs. Quix*O*tic were hugely adventurous; luckily we have two documents of their brief time together.

Customer Reviews

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quix*o*tic is the best music ever... seriously. these psychadelic sounds will melt your mind. this is actually their second record, not their first as the other review says.

* A Brilliant Record*

The two girls have manufactured a brilliant record, one that hypnotically lures the listener into a pleasant dolefulness. Their music is unique, inspired, and resourceful. Their instruments, vocals, and lyrics combine like watercolors to paint a scene that is unmistakable and vivid. A must have for those who enjoy luxuriating in prize music.

official Album Review is incorrect, this is not Quix*O*Tic's debut album. Night for Day is.

official Album Review is incorrect, this is not Quix*O*Tic's debut album. Night for Day is.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Indie rockers Quix*o*tic hail from Washington, D.C., and formed originally in 1997. Comprised of members Christina Billotte (guitar, vocals, drums), Mira Billotte (drums, vocals, guitar), and Brendan Majewski (bass, vocals, drums), some of its members hailed from previous alt-rock outfits, with Christina being a member of both Autoclave and Slant 6. In 2001, Majewski bowed out of the group, and was replaced by Mick Barr (formerly of Orthrelm). Quix*o*tic has toured with (and made admirers out of)...
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