Following the release of 2016’s well-received album Echoes Of The Dreamtime (awarded 4* in MOJO and 8/10 in UNCUT), LA based singer Miranda Lee Richards returns with an impressive new album EXISTENTIAL BEAST on June 16th.
This beautifully constructed new release is characteristic of the effortless, 70’s influenced, country-tinged psychedelia, evident throughout Miranda’s previous work. The album was recorded with her husband, producer Rick Parker, best known for his work with BRMC and features the track Lucid I Would Dream, chosen by Lauren Laverne as a ‘headphone moment’ on her BBC 6 Music show earlier this year.
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-seeded 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
Born in San Francisco after the summer of love and before the dawn of disco, she grew up in an artistic and bohemian environment that has informed her adult life and work. After graduating from San Francisco School Of The Arts, she began to pursue a musical career. She met Kirk Hammett from Metallica who taught her to play Mazzy Star songs on guitar. Her early demos reached Anton Newcombe and she joined his band, the Brian Jonestown Massacre. Miranda then 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 then followed by the acclaimed Echoes Of The Dreamtime release on Invisible Hands Music, which received rave reviews across in the UK and US, as well as national airplay.
The sublime First Light Of Winter is the moment it all comes together, Richards transcending her influences and, no longer constrained, arriving at psychedelia’s higher plane 4* MOJO
Existential Beast is yet another confident and inspiring piece of work from Miranda, sure to excite her ever growing fan base. Known for her enchanting live performances, Miranda will be performing the new album in venues across the UK later this year.