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by Sean
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Two tracks from the upcoming Mirah album, C'mon Miracle, due in May. I don't have the track names, so they're going to have to be mysterious and untitled. The record is more sedate than Advisory Committee, more humble and reflective. It feels less performed, for better or for worse. Although I like these songs, they don't come close to the outright majesty of Mirah's best cut, "Cold Cold Water," and nor does the album-as-a-whole reach the carefree, small-and-wild heights of You Think It's Like This But Really It's Like This.

Oh, and for those unfamiliar with her, Mirah does dusty, sexy, cherub-faced indie folk. She is also very sweet in person.

Mirah - "Track 1". Lulling, serious, plucked strings, and then long bolts of cello. A dark, Grimm's Fairy Tale of a song, not quite sold on its message of love: "Stars will kiss your pretty face / Come away with me today / Everything should be okay."

Mirah - "Track 7". This one's probably called something like "Argentina Sky." Drums patter behind a friendly acoustic guitar and Mirah's savvy, winking voice. Great use of cymbal tinkles and a big-bosomed accordion -- extra points for the smattering of Portuguese in the middle, backed by a wussy Microphones chorus of harbour "lai la lai"s.

Posted by Sean at March 2, 2004 6:12 PM

are you implying that you've met mirah?

Posted by smackm at March 2, 2004 10:40 PM

I didn't mean to be snarkily (or haughtily) implying anything... I met her when she played in Montreal last fall. (The show was at the home of my old roommate.) She was there with her sister, aka The Leaves.

Posted by Sean at March 2, 2004 10:44 PM

...they don't come close to the outright majesty of Mirah's best cut, "Cold Cold Water"...

Is this because the new tracks lack Phil Elvrum's production?

Posted by LL at March 3, 2004 12:35 PM

Is this because the new tracks lack Phil Elvrum's production?

No... From what I understand, Phil's responsible for all of these, too. It could be that Mirah spent so much money on "Cold Cold Water" that she'll never again be able to afford anything more than a guitar, synthesizer, and hissy amp...

Posted by Sean at March 3, 2004 4:50 PM

Here you go, I found it on SoulSeek:

01. Nobody Has to Stay
02. Jerusalem
03. The Light
04. Don't Die in Me
05. Look Up
06. We're Both So Sorry
07. The Dogs of B.A.
08. The Struggle
09. You've Gone Away Enough
10. Promise to Me
11. Exactly Where We're From

Posted by Tomer at March 6, 2004 2:42 PM

Oh man. Mirah rocks my socks off.

Posted by Jenn at March 8, 2004 4:10 PM

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