“A modern-day California flower child with fist upraised in defiance” UNCUT 8/10
Following the release of acclaimed album EXISTENTIAL BEAST earlier this year, LA based singer Miranda Lee Richards returns to the UK this August, performing alongside Californian folk-rock band GospelbeacH. They will be performing at London’s Moth Club on August 23rd.
This beautifully constructed new release is characteristic of the effortless, country-tinged psychedelia evident throughout Miranda’s previous work; but also holds at its roots an influence of 60s style chamber-pop and Baroque folk, more apparent than ever in Miranda’s work.
The cosmic-country album was recorded with her husband, producer Rick Parker, best known for his work with BRMC and features the tracks The Wildwood and Lucid I Would Dream, both supported by Lauren Laverne on her BBC 6 Music show.
Existential Beast is a political album, examining the issues of our time, but with intent of tackling these difficult and sometimes taboo subjects in a poetic and heartfelt manner. The title is also a mash-up of terms, referencing the existential crisis that has in turn arisen.
“In varying degrees, we are all still working with the animal urges of fear, competition, survival, and sexuality that are deep-seated and manifesting in different ways, depending on where people are at. Perhaps a more endearing outlook is to see this as an assignment in working with the inner child, who can at times behave like a wild beast. But like it or not, these tendencies have been revealed, within our leaders, our countries, and ourselves; it is indeed a pivotal and transformational time.” Miranda Lee Richards
Raised in San Francisco, the daughter of two underground comics revolutionaries; Miranda first considered playing music professionally after a chance meeting with Kirk Hammett from Metallica who taught her to play Mazzy Star songs on guitar. Her early demos recorded in Hammett’s basement studio reached Anton Newcombe and she joined his band, the Brian Jonestown Massacre. By the late ‘90s the band had made the move to Los Angeles, where filming of the seminal rock documentary DIG! began soon after.
While navigating a fairly successful run as a junior model, and performing at clubs and open mics; Miranda was signed to Virgin Records in 2001 and released her debut album The Herethereafter, a mix of folk, psychedelia, country and indie pop, which found fans worldwide. Follow-up album Light Of X, the title of which comes from a dream about harnessing beams of light to travel in time, followed in 2009 via Nettwerk Records. This was then followed by the acclaimed Echoes Of The Dreamtime release on Invisible Hands Music, which received rave reviews across in the UK including 4 * in Mojo and 8/10 in Uncut, as well as national airplay.
Existential Beast is arguably Miranda’s most impressive album to date; the tapestry of genres, moods and thoughts makes for a deeply orchestrated, politically and spiritually-themed album that reflects the issues of our times while finding beauty in the chaos. Known for her enchanting live performances, Miranda will be performing the new album in the following venues across the UK with GospelbeacH.