Milagres (formerly The Secret Life of Sofia)

Milagres (formerly The Secret Life of Sofia)

BandFolkRock

"...simple and icily stark and so effective... the soundtrack to the wintry landscape paintings by Caspar David Friedrich...where everything is all massive and dark and snowy and humans are nothing more than a small part of the whole." -Ear Farm

Biography

Not to get all Beakman here, but some people have asked who Sofia is. Okay, okay. OKAY. Pre-Christian sects wanted a word for the sort of wisdom everyone hopes to acquire before they die--eventually they gave up and just used the word "Sofia". Over time the word's meaning evolved, but the general idea stayed intact--which is how Sofia became both a name for God and a word meaning "clarity in confusion."

With that in mind, The Secret Life of Sofia aims to make music that's stark, enveloping, melodic, and resonant. Taking cues from the music they love (Henryk Gorecki, Arvo Part, "wall of sound rock band"), lead Kyle Wilson writes songs about high altitude mountaneering, the life and death of grizzly men, and various out-of-place-nesses, while multi-instrumentalists Eric Schwortz, Steven Leventhal, Fraser McCulloch, and Chris Brazee bring unique sounds (bells, percussion, harmonies) and skills (subaru driving, google-mapping, encyclopedic knowledge of the Beatles) to the project.

-Amalia Levari

Lyrics

Fifty Fourteeners

Written By: Kyle Wilson



Tom stood out on the ridge on an august 10th
and thought about his baby's frozen hands,
and how although he'd lived, he'd never climb a rope
or touch the face of a lover again.

In the whitewatered wild
he fell into a crevasse and somehow stayed alive.
From a chamber in a glacier's heart,
through a jagged slit of light, cloud shapes of horses he would ride.

When that guy played the ridge like an illegal game,
his knees over the wire.
We all wanted to be him until the moment he slipped
and scattered broken bones amongst the skree.

From the knifelike mangled peak
Tom saw his clothing scattered far beneath-
an unretrievable mess of gear and bones
washing down into the watershed,
churning into something green.

From the glacier's cave of white,
through a jagged slit of light saw the horses he would ride.

Weathering

Written By: Kyle Wilson


On the great south col I fell asleep for a very long time.
I listened to the tents flapping in the wind.
Though the world was white and fading into blue I had the most beautiful dreams:
floating on the sea, a cup of yellow tea and I was warm and glimmering.

When you let it go its actually quite nice,
the shivering subsides and everything feels fine.
You will meet your wife and kids so you can say goodbye
to everything you knew.
(You'll see it all renewed).

All that they found was an abandoned axe and a stack of tanks that were empty.
And he radioed down, said he was on his way, but he didn't have the strength
to move an inch.

When you let it go its actually quite nice,
the shivering subsides and everything feels fine.
You will meet your wife and kids so you can say goodbye
to everything you knew.

You'll see it all renewed. You'll see it all.

Discography

Seven Summits LP (Limited Edition) 2008
The Secret Life of Sofia EP (2006)
The Secret Life of Sofia EP Ltd. Edition (2005)

Set List

Typical Set List:

Outside
Nepal, 1905
Diamond Face
Government Lakes
Nanda Devi
Seven Summits
Dead Trees
Sheet Stealer

Our set is usually 40ish minutes, but we'll gladly play more or less depending on the venue or promoters wishes. We do not currently play any covers.