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Miranda Lee Richards was brought up in San Francisco by underground comic artist parents who introduced her to R. Crumb. While a teen, Metallica's Kirk Hammett taught her some guitar and in her early 20s she sang with neo-psychedelic kooks the Brian Jonestown Massacre. So one might expect that Richards plays perverted speed metal tinged with an acid-rock edge, but in truth she sounds more like the love child of Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons. Light of X radiates with the bygone spirits of Los Angeles' canyon-filtered folk-rock and '60s chamber pop. The liquid pedal steel notes, Hammond organ, electric 12-string jangle, Glockenspiel, mandolin, and Mellotron all blend together with beautiful alchemy as played by members of Mazzy Star, Beachwood Sparks, Wallflowers, and Mars Volta. Richards' feathery voice floats above heartbreaking piano notes on the opening "Breathless," though "Early November" best exemplifies how her sailing harmonies and crystalline inflections define her talent. It's her magic, lilting voice that truly brings these songs to life. Just listen to "Mirror At the End" and try not to fall in love.

Customer Reviews

Amazing Talent and a Gorgeous Voice

I had been wondering what happened to Miranda, but now she's finally back with a mesmerizing new album. It's a strong follow up to The Herethereafter album which was released in 2001 (I can't believe it's been 8 years.) In the build up to this album, she released an EP which you should check out too.

Anyone associated with Anton Newcombe creates great music!!

If you've seen the movie Dig! you know that Miranda has some appearances. This album is amazing and should be bought!!! Anton Newcombe is so inspiring.

Savorin' your lovely voice & songs!!

Waiting for this album for a looooong time; SO worth the wait! Beauty Abounds!! Soaking in the lyrics, Excellent to the last morsel! Thank you Miranda! XoXo!!!


Born: April 4, 1975 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Miranda Lee Richards' songwriting career was shaped by her bohemian upbringing in San Francisco, where her parents (Ted and Teresa Richards) made a living as influential comic book artists. She grew up in the underground comic book scene, with R. Crumb serving as her de facto godfather. During her senior year of high school, a close friend began dating Metallica's Kirk Hammett, who took Richards under his wing and taught her to play several songs on guitar. It was in Hammett's basement that Richards...
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