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Mountain Mirrors

by Mountain Mirrors

Heavy acoustic music from the Massachusetts woods. Recommended for fans of Pink Floyd, Opeth or Steven Wilson. If you're new to Mountain Mirrors, this is a dark and beautiful place to start.
Genre: Folk: Angry
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1. Stay Evil
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2. The Demon's Eye
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3. Karmic Dogs
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4. Your Time Has Come
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5. Calm Before the Storm
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6. Alone in a Crowd
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7. Deploribus Unum
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Bloody hell... a new genre is born! Heavy Acoustic! Seriously, this is great stuff you are doing. Like the bastard love child of Matt Pike and Nick Drake (there's a thought eh?!)." - Sapient Network

"Imagine if you will, walking through a forest that’s enshrouded in dense fog. Visibility is only a few hundred feet in any direction. Moisture glistening off of the surrounding foilage as your breath bellows from your mouth in a cloud of steam. The crunch of leaves and decay under every footstep being the only sound to accompany the animal-like howl of the wind. Kinda’ creepy out here all alone, huh? That’s the power of Mountain Mirrors self titled album." - The Ripple Effect

"It is a perfect and delicious album to listen to and relax with a good glass of wine within reach."
- LordsofMetal


"The slightly folky acoustic guitars, sweet drum cadences, subtle keyboard sounds, and most importantly Sanders' otherwordly vocals, when combined, do invite comparisons to names like Opeth, Nick Drake, Pink Floyd, and even Alice In Chains' unplugged material, but overall, the music presented on this disc is in a league all its own."
- Sea of Tranquility


"Mesmerizing, minimal, and sweeping, the music of Mountain Mirrors definitely leaves an impression. It is a sense of subtle Deja Vu; as I listen to this, I find myself wondering if I've traveled on the path this album conjures in my mind once or twice before. Sparse and hypnotic, this is the equivilent of a night full of surreal dreams. I can think of no other album I've heard this year more worthy of five stars. "
- Rocknworld.com


"there is something magic in this release, it's poetry really. Also, the deep melancholic voice of Jeff is really beautiful and for sure some of you will be touched by its quality and will have some good feeling when you'll listen to it."
- Metalstorm.com


"This is the kind of album that if it really clicks with you, you’ll totally fall for its unique mood and character and revisit the album for years to come. "
- Metalreview.com


"The song craft is excellent and the choice of instruments to play this music is oh so tasty."
- Progressiveears.com



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The Songs :: in Jeff's words:



Stay Evil ::
It's about following a spiritual path and finding some enlightenment. And how things the world perceives as good and evil are...relative.

The Demon's Eye ::
The lyrics to this song came in a flash of inspiration like I've never felt before. What does it mean to you?

Karmic Dogs ::
This is also about the relativity of good and evil. Maybe some bad deeds bring good karma. And the other way around.

Your Time Has Come ::
Imagine the innocent victims of a sadistic, power-mad ruler as they rise from the ground, laughing. Finally able to partake in Judgment Day.

Calm Before the Storm ::
This uses the Four Horsemen as a metaphor for how the world feels sometimes these days. Every time we turn on the damn news, it seems like Armageddon. And if you dig deep enough into a lunatic's prophesies, you'll find them happening everywhere.

Alone in a Crowd ::
We all know how it feels to be in a crowd of people and feel completely alone inside. For some people, it's all the time.

Deploribus Unum ::
Sometimes it feels like if there's a God, He, She or It has abandoned us. Or maybe we drove them away...then again, in an infinite universe, how much time can God devote to a parasitic human race?

Praying Mantis ::
This is the first song I wrote after "Lunar Ecstasy" - right after my grandfather passed away. Maybe the most lost I've ever felt in my life. I put it down and came back to it after seeing a documentary about the death of the great John Lennon...Shot in the back in front of the Dakota hotel by Mark Chapman. The working title for awhile was "Devil at the Dakota". I just didn't feel right releasing it under that title, so a meditation produced the title "Praying Mantis".


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Murat Batmaz / Sea of Tranquility


The slightly folky acoustic guitars, sweet drum cadences, subtle keyboard sounds, and most importantly Sanders' otherwordly vocals, when combined, do invite comparisons to names like Opeth, Nick Drake, Pink Floyd, and even Alice In Chains' unplugged material, but overall, the music presented on this disc is in a league all its own. Having never heard the first Mountain Mirrors disc, I have no idea how this one differst from it, but rest assured that the songwriting and musicianship is top-notch, with some of the most beautifully grey melodies you'll hear. "Stay Evil", a dark and punishing song, kicks the CD off, allowing haunting lyrics ("Burn - burn away the haze!") to ride over a forlorn acoustic melody that is eventually accentuated by the addition of keys, drums, and Drake-like melancholic vocals. In the second half, the song charts 70's prog territory, picking up synths and guitar solos. (Click link above to read full review...)

Ralf Burkart / Daredevil Magazine

One of the most stunning releases this year...great
I know the songwriter Jeff Sanders for a couple of years now and everytime he sends me something of his brainchild Mountain Mirrors it´s always a little celebration for me, cause the music Jeff writes is emotional, catchy and on a really high level, but this time Mr. Sanders set one on top...what I hear here is unbelieveable. This is fantastic songwriting for sure. This time Jeff broke out of the psychedelic genre and goes new ways...I would say more alternative ways. I first thought of a accoustic Alice In Chains....great stuff. I also like the pianos and the violins he put in his songs this time. Mountain Mirrors is light and dark in one...beautiful and fascinating...Mountain Mirrors is a accoustic trip which should never stop. One of the most stunning releases this year...great.

John Page / SR.com

treacherously beautiful
If you want your ass rocked off on every cut, or don’t want to be surprised, or don’t like exploring the space inside your skull, this is not the album for you. For those mental travelers who enjoyed “Lunar Ecstasy”, you simply will not believe how far Jeff Sanders has taken his music and what his bandmates (-- this is a band!) add to the mix, and you really need to get this! And, if you aren’t familiar with his work, and if the idea of a swirling, lysergic, acoustic, dark, treacherously beautiful hybrid of pop and instrument appeals to you, this is definitely the first Mountain Mirrors album to get.

Vera / Lords of Metal

Beautiful...
Beautiful...The music is dark and acoustic. Jeff has a warm voice that reminds me, surely during the first songs, of Mike Akerfeldt and the 'Damnation' album of Opeth. Other influences are Nick Drake and Pink Floyd. In the lyrics, Jeff develops himself as a sensitive, thoughtful man who renders his reveries in a poetic way. It is a perfect and delicious album to listen to and relax with a good glass of wine within reach.

JJM / Lunar Hypnosis

Beyond description...
Mountain Mirrors takes the best moments of Opeths stunning Damnation album and adds a tough 60s/70s psychedelic folk and progressive rock influence forming something I would label as acoustic progressive folk rock music. Take softly plucked acoustic guitars, light percussion, trippy/groovy keyboards, symphonic undertones, breathtaking vocals, and thoughtful lyrics alongside a slew of emotional sentiments and I've almost described what Mountain Mirrors sounds like. Problem is though Mountain Mirrors sound really goes beyond description, and is just that excellent of a band...

Lacey Damron


Not only can you hear the Pink Floyd and Opeth, I caught also Days of the New, and some glimpses of Alice In Chains' Sap. There is a prevading darkness in both the lyrics and the music but not so much that you feel like a minion of hell after hearing it. Great CD!!

Ade (Lie Big)

Fantastic Acoustic Psychedelic Grunge
This has been in my CD player almost constantly since receiveing it. The songs are wonderfully crafted pieces of music with great musicianship throughout. A wonderful blend of acoustic Alice In Chains, Elbow and Floyd style psychedlia, truly excellent and Highly recommended!

Will

Wow
I really enjoyed this CD, it's really like Anathema, Porcupine Tree, even latter day Marillion in places. Dark moody acoustic rock- something about the CD cover really tells you what to expect. I'm really glad I found this band, being Autumn nights are getting darker earlier and this is a great album to listen to. Ordered from CDBaby to the UK and it only took a few days!

lostwaveproductions

ALISTER CROWLEY WOULD LISTEN TO THIS IF HE WERE HERE TODAY!!!! UNEARTHLY EVIL!
MOUNTAIN MIRRORS MAKES A DEFINITE TRANSITION ON THIS ALBUM, INCORPORATING MORE ACOUSTIC GUITAR INTO THE DRIVE AND WITH GREAT SUCCESS. THIS SOUND GETS YOUR HANDS IN THE SOIL, IN THE DIRT, AND LETS YOU FEEL THE GRUBS AND NITECRAWLERS THAT ARE CRAWLING AROUND DOWN THERE IN YOUR BLACKEST DREAMS OR THOUGHTS... WHOAH... THIS WILL EXPAND YOUR MIND...