Brooklyn-based Holly Miranda is about to release the Dave Sitek-produced The Magician’s Private Library. You might remember her name from the Jealous Girlfriends. When she opened for the xx in Italy. Or, more close to her home, for Vampire Weekend at Webster Hall. Or maybe when Kanye gave her a thumbs up. Whatever the case, her debut solo record is a good one, a dreamy, dense collection of 10 songs that showcase her achy falsetto and swooping melodies (“…a less fearful Cat Power, a more substantive Feist, a Norah Jones with actual feeling,” says The NY Times in a line that assured Jon Caramanica was taken off three female vocalists’ holiday mailing lists), but aren’t against layering on Antibalas’ horns, deep pockets of fuzz, strings upon strings, and Kyp Malone harmonies. Check out the “radio edit” — aka one-minute shorter than the album version — of “Waves.”

Here she is doing it live via yourstru.ly.

The Magician’s Private Library is out 2/23 via XL. It includes “Joints,” a song about Miranda’s battle with fibromyalgia.

(Via Pinglewood)

Before Miranda goes on tour with Tegan & Sara, she’s perming as part of the Happy Ending Music & Reading Series on 2/10 at Joe’s Pub with Joshua Ferris, Ron Carlson, and Padgett Powell. Those sell out quickly, so hop on it. All these dates are with T&S:

02/12 – Northampton, Massachusetts @ Calvin Theatre
02/13 – Boston, Massachusetts @ The Orpheum
02/16 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ Tower Theatre
02/17 – Washington DC @ Warner Theatre D.C.
02/18 – Richmond, Virginia @ The National
02/20 – Tampa, Florida @ Tampa Theatre
02/21 – Miami, Florida @ Sunset Cove
02/23 – Atlanta, Georgia @ Variety Playhouse
02/24 – New Orleans, Louisiana @ Tipitina’s
02/25 – Dallas, Texas @ Palladium
02/26 – Austin, Texas @ Bass Concert Hall
02/27 – Houston, Texas @ The Warehouse
03/02 – Las Vegas, Nevada @ House of Blues
03/03 – San Diego, California @ Copley Symphony Hall
03/05 – Oakland, California @ Fox Theatre
03/24 – Minneapolis, Minnesota @ The Orpheum
03/25 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin @ The Riverside
03/26 – Chicago, Illinois @ The Aragon
03/27 – Royal Oak Theatre Detroit, Michigan
03/28 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Lakewood Civic
03/30 – Columbus, Ohio @ Promo West Pavilion
03/31 – Nashville, Tennessee @ Ryman Theatre
04/02 – St. Louis, Missouri @ The Pageant
04/03 – Kansas City, Missouri @ Uptown Theatre
04/04 – Denver, Colorado @ The Ogden
04/06 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ In The Venue
04/08 – Portland, Oregon @ Keller Auditorium

[Photo by Sebastian Mlynarski]

Comments (17)
  1. sayer of dumb things  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2010 0

    More like “Wavvves”, am I right?

  2. Cale  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2010 0

    This shit is boring as fuck! Its a good thing she has lots of friends.

    • Just gave the album a listen. Does this woman have weak tea for blood? I don’t even think I could fall asleep to this–it’s like music to die to. She’s definitely lucky to be well-connected.

  3. this is really good! added bonus: she’s absolutely gorgeous! admittedly that’s the only reason i clicked on this link… guess you gotta advertise your music somehow, eh?

  4. whatsfleeting  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2010 0

    this isn’t terrible but it definitely isn’t anything special…there was probably 5-10 people playing little acoustic ditties on a whim in my college student center on any given day that could write a more interesting song and those kids were pretty lame.
    too bad they weren’t cute girls that relocated to brooklyn and have fibromyalgia…they may have been covered on a blog by now.

  5. nathan  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2010 0

    so does sitek only produce albums by hot girls?

  6. Jonya  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2010 0

    Angry feminist reaction to comments in 3….2….1…..

  7. podcastrant  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2010 0

    She sounds a lot like Cat Power, vocally. I don’t know. For my money, Gemma Hayes kicks everyone else’s ass in this “genre” of music.

  8. superhonma  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2010 0


    She’s out and open as a lesbian. This article should dispel some of the comments people are throwing around here. I had similar thoughts at first, that she’s just some hot girl who sounds like crap but got lucky cause of “hip” reasons. But that’s not the case…

  9. nak  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2010 0

    this sound just okay but i’m pretty sure i saw her open for the xx (and friendly fires but they really sucked) and thought she was very good. the music was very full and layered and her voice was ethereal and amazing

  10. Neon Deion  |   Posted on Jan 30th, 2010 0

    music is boring. her stage presence is pretentious. not sure why she gets all this attention.

  11. Su  |   Posted on Jan 31st, 2010 0

    so in other words- the only reasons she’s getting coverage is because she’s cute, moved to brooklyn, has fibromyalgia, AND is a lebian.
    got it. talent not necessary.

  12. Sort of sounds like if Bon Iver were a woman. Nice to relax to c:

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