On her fifth solo album, Mirah breaks it down and builds it back up again with the street smarts that only years behind the wheel of love can inspire. Ready with the maps and driven to the rhythms on the radio dial, Changing Light’s ten songs carry you from heartbreak to wholeness and all the places in between. Mirah’s recently announced the upcoming album for a May 13 release date on hew own imprint, Absolute Magnitude Recordings, with support from K Records. Pitchfork shared the shapeshifting first album single Oxen Hope, along with full album details. Mirah has also recently revealed anthemic album closer Radiomind with Stereogum. Mirah’s new website and album pre-order are now live.
Uprooted from her home after a scorching break-up, Mirah spent four years rambling and recording. Tracks were laid down in almost two dozen houses and apartments — from the Northwest to Southern California to the East Coast. Sparse demos were recorded with co-producer Christopher Doulgeris in Portland and Los Angeles. Embellishments were then added by a slew of friends and collaborators, including Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Mary Timony, Emily Wells and Heather McEntire (Mount Moriah). In Philadelphia, Mirah and her sister Emily Zeitlyn (Divers) penned “LC” an homage to childhood inspiration Leonard Cohen. Seattle-based composer Jherek Bischoff drew up intricate string arrangements which were recorded in the living rooms of each individual player. And Tune-Yards producer Eli Crews co-produced several tracks with Mirah in her new hometown of Brooklyn, New York.
Changing Light’s reassuring compass is found in Mirah’s shimmering vocals and incisive descriptions. There is yearning (Gold Rush and Fleetfoot Ghost) and hot anger (Goat Shepherd) but no shortage of lyrical and musical playfulness. Whether it be the T. Rex-inspired rough edges of Radiomind, the rollicking lo-fi bang-and-pop of Goat Shepherd or the lush pop balladry of Turned the Heat Off, the album corrals string sections and vintage synths with horns, a multitude of guitar tones and over driven drums. With calm and clamour, Mirah brings us all closer together through her universal honesty and occasional use of the vocoder.
“It’s a break-up record. It has some moments of darkness, some twists and turns but ultimately, there’s a resolution,” says Mirah. So much can happen in four years, even forgiveness.” While Mirah has been making independent pop records for well over a decade, Changing Light is the debut release on her new imprint, Absolute Magnitude Recordings.
Changing Light EP will be released on May 13.