Holly Miranda’s new covers EP Party Trick gets its name from an old Tegan Quin quote about how Miranda could take any song and make it sad. “She said it was my party trick,” Miranda explains. And that may well be true, though when you’re taking on material by the likes of Bon Iver, Sparklehorse, and Morphine, you’ve got a head start where sadness is concerned. Miranda also covers German synth-poppers Alphaville and cult favorite songwriter Lhasa de Sela on the EP, but everything else will likely be overshadowed by her minimal re-imagining of Drake’s soft-focus synth jam “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” Miranda avoids the usual pitfalls of an indie artist covering a pop star: This scans neither as irony nor celebrity worship, just an idiosyncratic take on a beautiful song. Listen below.
01 “Hold On, We’re Going Home” (Drake)
02 “Blood Bank” (Bon Iver)
03 “In Spite Of Me” (Morphine)
04 “Forever Young” (Alphaville)
05 “Love Came Here” (Lhasa De Sela)
06 “Hundreds Of Sparrows” (Sparklehorse)
Miranda has a few shows coming up:
04/08 San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
06/04 New York, NY @ Governors Ball (Randall’s Island Park)
06/08 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
06/09 Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace
06/10 Hudson, NY @ Club Helsinki
06/11 Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre
06/12 Northampton, MA @ The Parlor Room
Party Trick is out 5/13 on Dangerbird.