Miranda’s fourth full-length solo release is more than just an artistic step forward, it’s a whole new way for her to make music. “This really is the most collaborative record I’ve ever done,” she says. “It’s first time I’ve shared so much of the writing and the production, the meat and bones of making an album.”
With support from a stellar circle of players - including My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Nova, TV On The Radio’s Kyp Malone, Grandaddy/Modest Mouse’s Jim Fairchild and Built To Spill’s Matthew Morgan amongst others – it’s Miranda’s astonishing singing vocal that is set free, elevating this collection of songs as no one else could. An instrument which can shift from a barely-there whisper to a soaring wail that cracks open the sky, Holly’s voice is startling from the moment it emerges on ‘Mutual Horse’.
This record finds Holly bridging the gap between 2010’s experimental synth laden release The Magician’s Private Library and 2015’s stripped-back, soulful self-titled record. Miranda takes an honest and intimate approach, while maintaining her sense of humor amidst sonic explorations. The tracks run the gamut from the sultry, driving “On the Radio,” to a cover of Crazy Horse’s “When Your Lonely Heart Breaks,” and the delicate “Sing Like,” inspired by Miranda’s mother; an intimate clip of her singing while pregnant with Holly follows the song.
released February 23, 2018
Mutual Horse Credits
Recorded at Dangerbird Studio in Los Angeles, CA and Coldcut Productions in Brooklyn, NY
Produced by Florent Barbier, Holly Miranda, Matthew Morgan and Jared Samuel
Mixed by Matthew Cullen at The Cat Haus
Mastered by Dan Millice at Engine Room Audio
String Arrangements by Invisible Familiars and/or Matthew Morgan
Horn Arrangements by Invisible Familiar with help from Maria Eisen and Todd Simon.
Singer/songwriter from Los Angeles, Chelsea Wolfe’s plaintive voice is the centerpiece of all of these chillingly bleak tunes. Watery, sliding orchestration suits the misty and dark environment that she evokes throughout. Unflinchingly stark, the recording suitably ends with a storm. Nickie Harte Kelly