11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

With 2010’s The Magician’s Private Library, Detroit-bred Holly Miranda resumes the solo career she abandoned to become a member of the Jealous Girlfriends. For her re-entrance into the single life, she’s enlisted producer Dave Sitek from TV On the Radio. Sitek drapes these songs in a multitude of approaches and sounds until Miranda nearly disappears in the production fog. It’s not such a bad place for Miranda to be. It allows tunes such as “Joints” and “Waves” to float past as ethereal dreams (three tracks reference sleep or dreams in their title) where the echo, reverbs and hazy shades of backing musicians coalesce into a blurry forest of sound. Miranda’s voice slips in and out of the mix, leaving plenty of sonic holes for Sitek to fill with synthesizers, strings and samples. When she does appear, it’s for creepy and crazy whoops of romantic rapture and mystical ecstasy that resemble a tightly wound Mazzy Star. “High Tide,” with its ‘70s-styled electric pianos, is an alluring highlight.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With 2010’s The Magician’s Private Library, Detroit-bred Holly Miranda resumes the solo career she abandoned to become a member of the Jealous Girlfriends. For her re-entrance into the single life, she’s enlisted producer Dave Sitek from TV On the Radio. Sitek drapes these songs in a multitude of approaches and sounds until Miranda nearly disappears in the production fog. It’s not such a bad place for Miranda to be. It allows tunes such as “Joints” and “Waves” to float past as ethereal dreams (three tracks reference sleep or dreams in their title) where the echo, reverbs and hazy shades of backing musicians coalesce into a blurry forest of sound. Miranda’s voice slips in and out of the mix, leaving plenty of sonic holes for Sitek to fill with synthesizers, strings and samples. When she does appear, it’s for creepy and crazy whoops of romantic rapture and mystical ecstasy that resemble a tightly wound Mazzy Star. “High Tide,” with its ‘70s-styled electric pianos, is an alluring highlight.

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About Holly Miranda

Although initially known for her work with the Jealous Girlfriends, Holly Miranda launched her own career several years before the band’s formation. Raised in the suburbs of Detroit, she dropped out of high school at the age of 16 and moved to New York, where she finished her degree through correspondence courses and landed a record deal with BMG. Her debut album for the label was never released, however, and Miranda eventually left BMG’s roster. Now an independent musician, she made her proper debut with the release of 2001’s High Above the City, a 20-track solo album that was sold during her tours of the east coast and Midwest. Two years later, Miranda crossed paths with producer Alex Lipsen and formed the Jealous Girlfriends, which released two albums and toured through the end of 2008, at which point the bandmates took a break to pursue different projects. Miranda used the opportunity to return to her solo career.

Wasting little time, she released the Sleep on Fire EP in mid-2009 and began working on a full-length project with producers Dave Sitek -- a co-founder of TV on the Radio and the Yeah Yeah Yeah's most frequent producer -- and Celebration's Katrina Ford. The resulting album, The Magician's Private Library, was released by XL Recordings in February 2010. Miranda toured extensively in support of the album, including legs opening for Tegan & Sara, Florence + the Machine, and the XX. In 2013, Miranda joined forces with Scarlett Johansson, Julia Haltigan, Kendra Morris, and Este Haim to form a Go-Go's-influenced studio group called the Singles. In February 2015, the group was poised to release their debut single, "Candy," when the project was scuttled by a cease and desist order filed by the long-running rock band the Singles, originally based in Detroit.

Meanwhile, Miranda was looking for inspiration for her next solo project and rented a house in the California Desert near Joshua Tree. Miranda's muse thrived in the new locale, and she penned a new batch of songs that formed the basis of her third solo album, simply titled Holly Miranda. Produced by Miranda and Florent Barbier, the album was released by Dangerbird Records in May 2015. ~ Andrew Leahey

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