If we were to tell you that one of our favorite albums of late has a running theme about mountain climbing adventures, you might not believe us. But it's true, the new album Seven Summits from Brooklyn's The Secret Life Of Sofia brings to life both true and fictional tales of mountaineering adventures of the seven summits (which are the seven highest summits of the seven continents). Lead singer Kyle Wilson in fact has some training as a mountaineer and has a sort of fascination with the subject. Lucky for us the man knows what he's talking about, and it shows on the new disc. 'Seven Summits' is a smart, complex album that reveals it's charm and intricacies more & more with each listen. Not that it's not engaging as a first spin but it is appreciated more with each turn. Right from the start of the dreamy opener "Fifty Fourteeners" the listener is drawn in & swept off to a different locale altogether as Wilson's storytelling paints a lush picture. The folkish track "Outside" shows the bands ability to switch gears with it's delicate harmonies and composition, while the dark and brooding "Nepal, 1905" which is about the notorious climber Aleister Crowley again shows off the bands broad repertoire. Other highlights of 'Seven Summits' include the synth heavy "Weathering" which is based on an infamous disaster that occurred on Mt. Everest in 1996 along with the track "Nanda Devi" with it's beautiful orchestration.
The new work sees the band more seasoned and sounding more confident in it's ability than on their 2006 self titled EP. Secret Life of Sofia is no doubt a band on the rise (no pun intended), and we look forward to hearing more from them in 2008.
If you want to see the band live, you can currently catch them out on the road as they kick off their tour tonight starting in Brooklyn.
Jul 25 2008 Pete’s Candy Store Brooklyn, New York
Jul 26 2008 Double Wide Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jul 27 2008 Carabar Columbus, Ohio
Jul 28 2008 House show Louisville, Kentucky
Jul 29 2008 Bluebird Bloomington, Indiana
Jul 30 2008 Noah’s Marion, Indiana
Jul 31 2008 Howard’s Club H Bowling Green, Ohio
Aug 1 2008 Village Green Records Muncie, Indiana
Aug 2 2008 Catacombs Butler, Pennsylvania
Aug 21 2008 Jezebel Music Feature @ Union Pool Brooklyn, New York
Listen to Secret Life Of Sofia on Myspace.