Asylum Acres

by Mountain Mirrors

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My music is meant to be the heaviest stuff I can possibly play on acoustic guitar, while hoping to not sound ridiculous about it. Singing (sort of) about things that make me feel something...trying to bring out the heavy in the acoustic guitar, but hopefully honoring the beauty that the instrument brings out of me when I'm playing it. God damn, I don't know where I'd be without music in my life. - Jeff

Jeff Sanders - vocals, guitars, synths, field recording
Steve Riley - drums and percussion
Kurt Baumer - violins
Dave DeMarco - bass guitars, baritone guitar on "Asylum Acres"
Bass on "Spell" by Phil Rohr

"Asylum Acres" is sort of a concept album about places you'd visit in dreams, out of body experiences, astral projection etc. Not a "musical novel", but more like a collection of horror/suspense short stories (think Poe, Lovecraft or Stephen King) - laced with mystical and organic sound. These songs are as dark as they are strangely uplifting.

Recorded and engineered by Sanders, DeMarco, Baumer and Riley
Mixed by Johnny Geib at 10X10 Studios
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering
Cover Artwork by Richey Beckett
Bandcamp header and page design by Grind Bros.

Please click on individual song links for lyrics and recording notes.

Thank you for spending your hard-earned money on my music, Dear Listener.
Your honesty and integrity are appreciated. Your support means so much to me.

This album is dedicated in loving memory to Bertha Y. Boucher.
I miss you, Mémère.

"“Asylum Acres” brings a breath of fresh air into a style of music that otherwise suffers from stale, monotonous approaches; and Mountain Mirrors certainly isn’t afraid of letting in one or two influences outside the folk acoustic genre either – prog rock and grunge specifically. This EP is the soundtrack to overcast nights, while alone at your desk with candlelight during a power cut as you watch one or two soaking pedestrians hurry along deserted pavements. It has that mournful and life-pondering feel but without being depressing in the slightest, acting more as an insightful window into another lifetime." - Richreviewz


released October 29, 2012

All words and music copyright 2012 Jeffrey J. Sanders
Published, Zen Frankenstein Music (ASCAP)




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Acoustic metal from the Massachusetts woods for fans of Opeth, Alice In Chains or Pink Floyd.

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Track Name: Your Angels
Human bleedings on the wall
Black shape fleeing down the hall

Your angels, your angels...
Where are they now?

Human bleedings on the track
Slip through the crack, break your mother's back
Human bleedings on the page
Your heaven on earth
Your cage
Track Name: Dead River Co.
Dead river flows through a dead-ass town
Dead people wander round
Dead sky rains down on a dead ground
Are you gonna drown?

Dead time for me
Dead company

Deathly strange breeze
Howling through the trees
Warnings never heed
Never believe

Dead time for me
Dead company
Track Name: Full of Flies
Looked in
Into the river
And saw the devil staring
Back at me

Looked in
Into the sky
And saw the angels smiling
Down at me

Look into my eyes
My soul's so
Full of flies
Track Name: Asylum Acres
Did I piss on your parade?
Drop a shit on your charade?

Now I wait for answers
Asylum Acres

Did I pluck out your
Third eye?
Did you read
Between the lies?

Now I wait for angels
Asylum Acres

Now I wait for answers
Asylum Acres
Wait in vain for angels
Asylum Acres
Track Name: Spell
She stole the heavens from your sky
And showed a broken man to fly
Cast a spell to block the sun
And shone her light on everyone

She cast your past into the well
No future but you'll live to tell

She led you to a river red
Kaleidoscopes, loved ones undead
Smiled and whispered in your ear
Secrets that you've longed to hear

Of visions, music in the wind
No more pain. Magic. Light within...
Track Name: Purgatory Chasm
Track Name: I Don't Belong (Alternate Version)
Crazy's not the word for me
Brain-dead and out of my head
I'm alright the world's wrong
And everywhere I go, I feel...
I don't belong
Brainwashed, have no thoughts
of my own
Not free...they won't leave me be

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