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Sunday, March 14, 2010
ALBUM REVIEWS : HOLLY MIRANDA - THE MAGICIAN'S PRIVATE LIBRARY
What do we have here? Another new band, another new hype (declared by Rough Trade as the album of the month) and everything's deserved as I think this album will easily end up in my Top 10 of 2010. In a previous life Holly used to be the frontwoman of an indieband called The Jealous Girlfriends (no, me not either) but since she formed her own band, she became the darling of many collegues in the musicbiz. She did tours with The XX and The Antlers, and for her debutalbum she got the help from producer Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs). The whole album is a rather fragile thing in where superb vocals (Holly is without any doubt one of the voices of 2010) and minimal electronic goes hand in hand. Sometimes you re-enter the Bowiesound that was created in his Berlin-years, sometimes it's the classical touch of Joan As A Policewoman, sometimes the dark nu-pop from Soap & Skin, sometimes the wicked web of a popsong only Kate Bush could create but above all it's an album by an artist who came out of nowhere...it's so mindblowing that it's already difficult to imagine the musical landscape without her. Instant classic this one!