Founded in 1992 by Nicole Rellum, Ralf Jesek and Kai Kampmann, DERRIERE LE MIROIR were a “fixture” of the independent scene of the 1990s. Their very first demo recording “Simple Blue”, which appeared on the third part of the legendary “German Mystic Sounds” series of the Zillo magazine, made their soulful wave pop sustainably known. Four CDs, concerts and several television and radio appearances followed, until problems of their label delayed the release of their fifth CD again and again. In early 2000 the label surprisingly announce their closedown and nearly the same time - and almost symbolic - all recordings got lost in a hard disk crash. Frustrated by these developments, a new album was postponed indefinitely and the band produced only contributions to various international compilations. Until they played their fairwell concert on the 14th of December 2002 in Chemnitz/Germany.
While Ralf was still musically active (eg IN MY ROSARY, now I-M-R), Nicole and Kai withdrew completely from music. Not until the end of 2012, when they were invited by Ralf to participate as guests in the I-M-R album “Letters from the Paper Garden”, the vague idea germinated to go back into the studio as DERRIERE LE MIROIR again. And after they had also played a little surprise concert in 2013 at a birthday party, it was summarily decided to record two cover versions just for fun - and also to see whether the chemistry between them was still intact. The result ended up being so convincing that the step towards a release virtually suggested itself.
With “Lift Me Up” (Moby) and “The Night” (Valerie Dore) DERRIERE LE MIROIR chose two songs which are quite far from their genre. Did they already prove their talent to transform something completely strange into something of their own by their 1993's version of “You're My Heart, You're My Soul” of Modern Talking, they now show impressively that they have not forgotten anything. In their hands the Electro Pop of Moby turned into a wonderful piano ballad, while the 1980s Italo Disco of Valerie Dore mutated to a DLM typical Wave Pop track. On these songs they were supported by Nicole's daughter Helena, who fits perfectly as a pianist and background singer in the cosmos of DERRIERE LE MIROIR. And in the shape of the 2002 live version of the band's classic “Alibis” they also offer a little view into the past.
If a full-length album will follow is not yet clear, but the conditions are, shall we say, better than just good...
NICOLE RELLUM - vocals
RALF JESEK - guitars, keyboards, programming
KAI KAMPMANN - bass
HELENA RELLUM - piano, keyboards, backing vocals