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Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn's debut full-length is a true indie pop triumph. From beginning to end, You Think It's Like This But Really It's Like This hovers majestically on a cloud of songcrafting genius and, as the title suggests, is constantly in a state of shapeshifting. Tones change from elegant to pensive to heavy but still manage to drift by graciously with the help of Mirah's wistful voice and intimately personal lyrics. A great deal of the instrumentation is assisted by the Microphones' Phil Elvrum, but he only complements Mirah's lonesome yet optimistic vocals as she rethinks the relationships that continue to haunt her. A certain cheapness in the production of You Think It's Like This — perhaps the work of a four-track recorder and vintage instruments — also lends much character to the overall tone of the record. The guitar fuzz actually seems to translate the feelings of "the earthquake...making the house shake" in "Of Pressure," and the hollow reverb of "La Familia" intensely echoes Mirah's heartbroken vocal wanderings. A masterpiece of lo-fi beauty.


Born: 17 September 1974 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Mirah -- full name Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn -- was born on her mother's kitchen table. The daughter of artistic parents, the singer/songwriter had a passion for music from early childhood. While fronting the jazz band the Hot Set in Olympia, Washington, playing wedding parties and bar mitzvahs to earn extra cash, Mirah began writing her own brand of lo-fi, slice-of-life indie pop, a style later compared to that of grrrl rocker Liz Phair. Powered only by her guitar and standout singing voice -- known...
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