If there’s one album I’ve had on heavy rotation since it’s release on XL Records back in February it’s Holly Miranda‘s The Magician’s Private Library. After being fans of her previous Brooklyn band The Jealous Girlfriends and her first solo self-released EP Sleep On Fire, we were eager to hear her debut LP produced by one of our favourites; Dave Sitek from TV On The Radio.

Holly proves she’s not just another generic acoustic troubadour by crafting an album that’s a fuzzy sound of enthralling enchantment. Each song weaves a sonic tapestry using rumbling basslines, computerized beats and parping horns as well as haunting string sections, guitars and vintage organ. There’s even a vocal appearance from TV On The Radio’s Kyp Malone. Each song is feather light and yet due to the umpteen layers of sound, carries weight about them that makes them memorable, relatable and just really goddamn interesting. Even Kanye West blogged about her “wall collapsing falsetto” – but we all know he’s a bit of a dick, so don’t just take his word for it.

Although it’s unlikely that you’ll hear any of her stuff on the hopping Wonky dancefloors, she’s the perfect tonic for that Saturday afternoon hangover.

Holly Miranda – Waves

Holly Miranda – No One Just Is

After finishing tours last year with The XX, Vampire Weekend and The Antlers, and a recent US tour supporting Tegan & Sara, Holly’s back in London playing a couple dates at the end of this month.

And btw girls, she’s an out lez. Makes it that much better doesn’t it? Ahh, I wish I was her jealous girlfriend… If you want more, you can listen to her full album on Spotify or go drool over her amazing cover of Lauryn Hill’s ‘Ex-Factor’ in the Black Cab Sessions.

BY NAT 3D