Brooklyn based musician Holly Miranda has been playing music since she moved to New York from Michigan when she was 16. The New York Times described her as “a less fearful Cat Power, a more substantive Feist, a Norah Jones with actual feeling.” That is some pretty hefty praise for a singer whose solo debut hasn’t even been released yet. Said debut, titled The Magician’s Private Library, was produced by TV on the Radio’s David Sitek and is scheduled for release on February 23, 2010. And despite the NYT’s comment, with a few notable exceptions, you won’t listen to this album and think: “Oh, this sounds like Cat Power/Feist/Norah Jones.” Holly Miranda has a sound all of her own, and it is pretty incredible. The instrumentation on The Magician’s Private Library is lush, but fuzzy and somewhat ethereal, making a fabulous accompaniment to Miranda’s sultry and soothing falsetto. One of the best albums from 2010 so far.
The video I posted above of Miranda covering Jeff Buckley’s intoxicatingly beautiful “Lover, You Should Have Come Over” was what first caught my attention. Its hard to cover Buckley and not sound like an inferior imitation, but Miranda manages to retain the beauty while nonetheless marking it with her own stamp. Definitely worth the time it takes to listen.
Holly Miranda – Lover, You Should Have Come Over (Jeff Buckley Cover)
Holly Miranda – Waves (Rodaidh radio edit)