Mirror Tree – “Echoes Competing”


Its chamber-pop flourishes stirring alongside lyrical depictions of anxiety, “Echoes Competing” is a new single from Mirror Tree. The project is led by Michael Gold, who wrote and toured with the band Poolside in the early 2010s. Gold re-connected with Poolside’s Filip Nikolic, who serves as producer for Mirror Tree.

A graceful, understated introduction enamors, amidst depictions of anxiety and restlessness. The prancing piano and triumphant strings here lends a soaring nostalgia, reminding me personally of The Legend of Zelda soundtrack. Mirror Tree notes that the melody is “inspired by Elliot Smith and a string part intended as a modern nod to Eleanor Rigby,” noting that the track’s lyrics portray “angst about a woman struggling with her anxiety.”

A title-touting resonance builds into resonating strings and “la-la,” vocal harmonizing, bolstered further by reflective brass into the faded conclusion. “Echoes Competing” is a melodic, heartfelt showing from Mirror Tree, who also recently put out the track “300 Miles.”

The project’s self-titled album drops on September 8th.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of August 2023’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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