Changing Light

Changing Light

by MirahMirah

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Overview

Mirah has come a long way in terms of refinement as her songwriting muse grew from the dog-eared D.I.Y. indie folk of her early days into subdued masterpieces like 2004's C'mon Miracle and even flirtations with classical instrumentation on 2007's collaborative Share This Place. Coming from a place where her bright voice and neatly organized songs could perfectly articulate messy teenage feelings as well as the existential pondering of early adulthood, it's hard not to feel Mirah's progression as markedly more mature with each new offering. Fifth album Changing Light comes five years after her last proper solo album, (A)spera, and also follows a particularly harrowing breakup. The passing of time and the process of separation that starts with sadness and transforms into seething anger can be heard all over Changing Light. This isn't the scorned self-pity of a teenage heartbreak but the betrayal, upheaval of lives, and exhaustion that happens when adults with intertwined lives fall out of love. The album is characterized by stretches of overdriven drums, understated horn and synth parts, and most of all Mirah's vocals gliding over patches of resentment and resolution. The booming beat and billowing chorus of "Turned the Heat Off" calls to mind the same catchiness as some of Jessie Ware's best singles before switching gears into the reserved but wordy acoustic tones of "Gold Rush." "Gold Rush" is one of several songs on Changing Light recalling the intricate wordplay and yearning of Joanna Newsom in her most involved compositions on the breakup-inferring album Have One on Me. The album is full of devastated sentiments and broken pieces in the process of being picked up, but the arrangements keep it from feeling hollow. All the sadness is tempered with Mirah's one-of-a-kind sense of melody as well as unexpected echoes of Leonard Cohen on the appropriately named "LC" and Marc Bolan's swaggering pop on "Radiomind." Mirah is joined by a massive crew of friends and neighbors on the album, with guest drumming from Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, production help from tUnE-yArDs' Eli Crews, guitar on some tracks by Mary Timony, and other contributions from over a dozen more guest musicians. The result is an album of brilliantly charged and catchy songcraft. Even coming out of crushing pain, Changing Light is an impeccable statement of love and regret.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2014
Label: K. Records
UPC: 0789856125326
catalogNumber: 61253
Rank: 109820

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mirah   Primary Artist
Lori Goldston   Cello
Mary Timony   Guitar
Devin Greenwood   Keyboards,Shaker
Evan Francis   Alto Saxophone
Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Zither
Ches Smith   Drums
Jherek Bischoff   Percussion,Upright Bass
Greg Saunier   Drums
Nelson Bell   Trombone,Tuba,Euphonium,Bass Trombone
Emily Zeitlyn   Vocals
Paris Hurley   Violin
Matt Nelson   Tenor Saxophone
Emily Wells   Violin,Viola
Heather McEntire   Vocals
Christopher Doulgeris   Clarinet,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Todd Chandler   Banjo,Electric Bass,Upright Bass,Synthesizer Bass
Taina Karr   Oboe
Samantha Boshnack   Trumpet
Beth Fleenor   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Alex Guy   Viola
Greg Campbell   French Horn
Andrew Maguire   Vibes
Ryan Snow   Trombone
Michael Coleman   Pump Organ,Wurlitzer,Casio

Technical Credits

Devin Greenwood   Producer
Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn   Composer
Eli Crews   Producer,Horn Arrangements
Jherek Bischoff   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Emily Zeitlyn   Composer
Shervin Lainez   Cover Photo
Christopher Doulgeris   Composer,Producer
Todd Chandler   Producer
Christopher Schiel   Layout

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