Recently my mother mailed me a box of records from the family collection I grew up listening to. Among the first pressing Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, and Velvet Underground was a copy of a little known album called “Playback” by Appletree Theatre. When I was a little kid I sat by the turntable with my parents’ giant 1970’s headphones on my little head and played this record over and over.
Sound Mirrors debut album “Space Rockets and Sunshine” reminds me of the Appletree Theatre album. It feels narrative in a theatrical sense. The songs move in a loose arc of carefully constructed harmonies and dense instrumentation that begins with an homage to Kepler 186f—a planet 500 light years away that shows potential for human inhabitation. After several listens this album it feels like a love story. Kepler 186f as a metaphor for newly discovered love with the following songs telling of a Promethean ascent to touch the flaming heart of the sun.
The album takes the classic hero’s journey complete with references to Greek mythology and Longfellow’s poem “The Wreck of the Hesperus”.