Female vocalists singing like Sarah McLachlan over lazy, rainy day electronic instrumentation are a dime a dozen these days. You have the ones who do it right, Bat for Lashes and Lykke Li, and those who just disappear into the crowded scene. Holly Miranda is one of the former. Her latest solo album, The Magician’s Private Library, was produced by TV on the Radio‘s Dave Sitek, and even includes him on standout track Slow Burn Treason.
Holly has released solo material before, but most recently she was the lead singer and sole female of Brooklyn-based indie pop band, The Jealous Girlfriends. When that band decided to take a break in 2008, Holly began her solo work again. She released an EP that I somehow missed and then this full length.
There is nothing about this album that jumped right out and grabbed me or anything. I just noticed is was enjoyable the first time I played it straight through. Now, on my fifth or sixth listen, I am realizing that there isn’t anything exceptional about the album, it’s just good all the way through. It’s good for laying around on a lazy day (or sick day, like me today), it’s good for a long drive and it would be good background music for a dinner party.
I know I’m not selling it very hard, but check this album out.