Just a little more than two years after their debut release, Unicycle Loves You are back with their next pop experiment, Mirror, Mirror. The album sees this former quintet stripped to its core trio and removed from the glossy studio setting. Jim Carroll whose solo home-recordings had inspired the bands initial formation, took on the roles of songwriter, recording engineer and producer in order to orchestrate a truly hand-crafted record. Heavily influenced by cult horror films and science fiction, Mirror, Mirror manages to retain the playful energy the band is known for while putting the listener into some darker territory. From the opening moments of the introduction, the sound of scraping metal and a ghostly chorus hint at the mischievous world that hides behind the looking glass. Things are never quite as they seem however, and in an instant the band plunges into Quagga, a glistening pop tune lead by bassist Nicole Vitale, who takes the reins on several tracks, including the single and title track Mirror, Mirror this time around. The twists and turns of Mirror, Mirror continue along like a heartbeat and sprints off in a frenzy as the tone of each track shifts. The Gallop of Justine races into the fever of Mountain Lungs and then slinks down into summertime haziness of the title track. Carroll adds additional percussion and fluttering keys to further embellish upon each of these distinctive tunes, which result in a lush and haunting adventure.