San Francisco’s Hollow Mirrors extend their laid-back aura of space and prog tinged rock with the simply titled, II. Building on the base of their strong self-titled debut from ’11, II earns its name that way, but that understated heading also points out a filler-free, stripped down space rock that doesn’t thrive on a fuel guzzling full burn all the time for effect. There’s a vintage, almost ‘dry,’ spirit to Hollow Mirrors that definitely has a ’70s hangover, though cuts like the chugging Already Dead and City Lights get some modern twists, but still manage to retain a nostalgic whiff. Compared to Hollow Mirrors, II has some shorter running times that serve the new songs, but they still stretch their legs in more than a few spots. And when they do you can hear touches that range from Floyd to vocal stylings and harmonies from that era’s proggier reliant rock (In The Garden) … they even dare to get a little Heepish on the keys with the darker, heavier Falling of the Hour giving II a dramatic close, complete with vocals coming in from Planet Caravan. Simply put, it’s a big proggy Deep Heep stomp with some gloriously out of sync old school flairs that make it that much better. Whether the cuts are bleeding into each other, or moving from the more straightforward rock of City Lights through the more Hawkwind leaning thrust of Zephyr out the other end of the welcoming, warm mellow of In the Garden, Hollow Mirrors evoke a passed phase without being a slave to it, aping it or trivializing it.