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Asylum Acres

by Mountain Mirrors

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Your Angels 02:51
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
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
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
Asylum Acres 02:40
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
Spell 03:06
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...
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


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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Heavy acoustic vibes from the Massachusetts woods. (for fans of Opeth, Alice In Chains or Pink Floyd)

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