Mountain Mirrors has just released their self – titled, second album via the internet. According to Jeff Sanders of Mountain Mirrors, “This time, I wanted to get away from the one-man-band thing…and hooked up with drummer/producer/keyboard player Elad Fish. Elad turned out to be sort of my George Martin.” Jeff works in a collaborative style with a variety of musicians including Elad Fish, cellist Claire Fitch, keyboard player Oren Selas and bassist Guy Bar-Tor. This all-acoustic album is a departure from Mountain Mirrors previous release which utilized Massive Attack / Portishead style drum loops as a backdrop to his dark, evocative and reflective sound.
The self-titled Mountain Mirrors was shaped by the varied interests of founder, Jeff Sanders. Jeff explains that this album encompasses a wide array of influences which include his favorite TV shows such as “The Shield” and the cinematic work of directors such as Quentin Tarantino. “Anything disturbing” as Jeff puts it. And so with song titles such as “Stay Evil”, “Your Time Has Come” and “Karmic Dogs” you might be surprised to find that the songs aren’t necessarily as menacing as they might seem. Stonerrockchick.com, in a review of Jeff’s first album (Lunar Ecstasy), described Mountain Mirrors as “fit for poets, travelers and seekers” and it’s an apt description.
Take, for instance the song “Stay Evil”; the song as Jeff describes it was written “about following a spiritual path and finding some enlightenment.”
Mountain Mirrors signed on with Magnatune , an innovative, internet site which provides listeners with a great variety of indie music. Magnatune (http://www.magnatune.com) is a future-thinking all-digital internet label specializing in the sale of digital albums. They seek to be an antidote to “big label music”. Their motto is in fact “We are not Evil”.
Music fans can listen to full songs or albums, and then make the decision to purchase. The label is betting that the best way to get people excited about music is to let them hear it. Their entire catalog is available for easy music licensing for films, television, games, etc.
Besides digital downloads at Magnatune , physical CDs featuring full artwork by Jeff Gaither are also available at CD Baby and the Mountain Mirrors website. And soon also at all major digital stores, including iTunes , Rhapsody and Napster.
Link to the new Mountain Mirrors disc at Magnatune: http://magnatune.com/artists/albums/mountain-mountain/
ABOUT Mountain Mirrors:
Jeff Sanders Mountain Mirrors started in the woods of Massachusetts with a Radio Shack keyboard, a four-track and a drum machine. Jeff Sanders, the man behind Mountain Mirror’s eclectic mix of psychedelic-laced folk, has been entranced by music as long as he can remember. Jeff credits influences ranging from 80′s thrash metal to the work of Nick Drake and Damien Rice. It was this mix of influences that helped Jeff realize that a musician need not be tied to one genre or another but rather to create music that they feel inspired by and in turn hopefully inspire others. He has released two albums to date and is signed with Magnatune Records.
Magnatune® records is a revolutionary internet record label that operates on a “try before you buy” system. It’s the shareware model applied to music. They let you decide what to pay for a cd (as little as $5), they let you listen to the entire album in hi-fi quality for free, as many times as you want to, and they encourage you to copy it and give it to three friends. You can also license their music for commercial use. And no copy protection (DRM), ever. Artists keep half of every purchase. And unlike most record labels, they keep all the rights to their music. No major label connections.
For a limited time, Mountain Mirrors is giving away a free digital download of their “Lunar Ecstasy” CD with every album sale from Magnatune, CD Baby or www.mountainmirrors.com. You will recieve your download link usually within 24 hours.
“It is a perfect and delicious album to listen to and relax with a good glass of wine within reach.”
– 85 of 100, Lords of Metal
“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. “
– Artist of the month review at Rocknworld.com
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