Thursday, April 15, 2010

Holly Miranda

I'm a big fan of Holly Miranda but I didn't know it before I saw her in Minneapolis at the 400 Bar on Monday night. I had never seen her live and only knew a handful of her songs. Basically, I didn't have a ton of expectations going into it, I was mostly intrigued and curious. After she sang the first note, however, I knew it was all over and I stood, transfixed, reveling in every gorgeous note, bridge, and chorus. Her voice! The songwriting! The band's instrumentation! The covers (Yoko and Etta James)! It really was one of those rare experiences in life where I was completely and utterly blown away. This is some deep stuff right here.

Miranda and band landed in Minneapolis after wrapping up a 9-week van tour, much of it in support of Tegan and Sara. During the set she mentioned being tired, so, this begs the question, if I was so moved by a worn-out Holly Miranda, what would happen if she was in tip-top shape - would my head explode and pop off? Don't answer that.

Miranda is on the fast track to big things. Her first solo full-length album, The Magician's Private Library, put out by the excellent XL Recordings, was produced by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio and given the nod of approval by Kanye (true story). She's put in her time in NYC and I would imagine she'll be playing bigger and better venues as more people are exposed to her (touring with Tegan and Sara, as well as The XX doesn't hurt). She is a true talent, seems genuinely sweet and down-to-earth, and I hope she will be rich soon.

Gorgeous: "Slow Burn Treason"

Adorable, yet informative (Stone Roses shout out!)