5/22/2017

Tune-in to Watch Miranda Lee Richards' Performance and Interview on LATV's "Get It Girl" Tues., May 23 at 5:30 PM PT; New Album 'Existential Beast' out June 16

TUNE-IN TO WATCH:

MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS
LIVE PERFORMANCE AND INTERVIEW ON
"GET IT GIRL"
AIRING ON LATV TUESDAY, MAY 23
5:30 PM PT ON LATV
NEW ALBUM
'EXISTENTIAL BEAST'
OUT JUNE 16 ON INVISIBLE HANDS MUSIC

LOS ANGELES ALBUM RELEASE SHOW 
WEDNESDAY, MAY 31 AT BOOTLEG THEATER (HERE)

Miranda Lee Richards: PHOTO.
"Country music heard through psychedelic headphones..."

--Danny McCloskey, THE ALTERNATE ROOT (3/31/17)
As MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS prepares for the release of her fourth studio album EXISTENTIAL BEAST, the singer-songwriter-musician will appear on the talk show "GET IT GIRL" for a live, acoustic performance and interview. Tune in to watch, tomorrow, Tuesday, May 23 at 5:30p PT on LATV on (Ch 28 and DIRECTV Ch 57) in Los Angeles or to watch nationwide in your area; visit: http://www.latv.com/schedule.

Beautifully constructed with her signature 70's-influenced, country-tinged psychedelia,EXISTENTIAL BEAST was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Rick Parker

(Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dandy Warhols) and will be released June 16 on Invisible Hands Music (HERE). Listen and share MIRANDA's first single "Lucid I Would Dream" on YAHOO (HEREand YouTube (HERE).

The new album follows a busy year for MIRANDA which included the releaseEchoes of the Dreamtime (LP, 2016), U.S. and European tours and composing the soundtrack for the new Viceland series "Jungletown." EXISTENTIAL BEAST is a political album, examining the current issues of our time, with the intent of tackling tough and taboo subjects in a poetic and heartfelt manner. The title is also a mash-up of terms, referencing the existential crisis that has risen. MIRANDA says of EXISTENTIAL BEAST"We are working within those animal urges of fear, competition, survival and sexuality which are deep-seeded and manifesting in varying ways. Like it or not, these tendencies have been revealed, within our leaders, our countries and ourselves; it is indeed a pivotal and transformational moment in time and there is much work to be done." 

Early critical reviews are pouring in for EXISTENTIAL BEAST:

"Richards brings her substantive, poetic lyrics together with a psychedelic, folk-tinged country sound (reminiscent of Los Angeles-based, early 1970's band Spirit) to deliver a powerful look at today's post-election political climate....think of Richards' latest as a fairy tale for adults'Ashes And Seeds' serves as a thoughtful reminder that history is constantly repeating and that conflict is essential to positive change. The smooth sounds of pedal steel highlight Richards' laid back, fluid vocals'Lucid I Would Dream' evokes the dream-like state with the effective use of strings and Mellotron while lyrically imagining that with clarity, fears would diminish. Existential Beast closes, as it begins, with hope in the ethereal, string-laden and aptly- titled 'Another World'It is epic in length (over 12 minutes) and in breadth with its uplifting call to contribute to solutions. There is much to discover in the beauty of the vocals, the poetry in the lyrics and the uniqueness of the production found in Existential Beast."
--Harriet Watkins, THE DAILY COUNTRY (5/1/17)

"As aural experiences go, it's wraparound sound, warm and precise, ethereal when the songwriter's text calls for it."  
--Kevin Bronson, BUZZBANDS.LA (3/31/17)

"Richards' latest, 'Existential Beast,' offers a beguiling hybrid of the dulcet sounds she dubs 'dusty country' and 'fairy folk.' It's also an overtly political album (there's even an 11-minute protest song) that embodies its times."
--Susan Moll, STOMP AND STAMMER (3/31/17)

"Musically the album draws from several '70s sources--Laurel Canyon country-rock royalty ('Ashes And Seeds'), Joe Boyd's Witchseason productions for Island Records ('Autumn Sun', 'Oh Raven'), through to the spoken word sections of David Axelrod's Earth Rot (the end section of 'Lucid I Dream'). Subtle use of echo throughout the album adds to the continuity of sound and aids its woozy intoxicating power. The album's tour de forceis saved till the end. Clocking in at 12 minutes, 'Another World' is the most overtly political song, calling out those in power and offering a vision of how things could be. Clever stuff."
--Duncan Fletcher, SHINDIG! MAGAZINE
(four-out-of-four star album review, U.K., MAY 2017)

Born in San Francisco after the summer of love and before the dawn of disco, MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS 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 MassacreMIRANDA then signed to Virgin Records and released her debut album The Herethereafter, a mix of folk, psychedelia, country and indie pop and found fans worldwide. The critically acclaimed 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. In 2016, MIRANDA unveiled Echoes Of The Dreamtime on Invisible Hands Music, which received rave reviews across in the U.K. and U.S., as well as national airplay with MOJO giving the album 4 stars and hailing the first single, "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" (1/2016). EXISTENTIAL BEAST is yet another confident and inspiring piece of work from MIRANDA.

Look for MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS--known for her enchanting live shows--to perform the new album in venues across the U.S. and U.K. later this year (current tour dates listed below).
Catch MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS on tour in the following cities (HERE):


DATE
CITY
VENUE
5/28
N. Hollywood, CA
Federal Bar (11AM, Mimosa Music Series, FREE RSVP)
5/31
Los Angeles, CA
Bootleg Theater (Full band, album release show)
6/17
Bergen, Norway
BergenFest(w/Ellie Goulding)
6/23
London, U.K.
Thousand Island (acoustic trio)
6/25
Northampton, U.K.
The Lamplighter (acoustic trio)
6/28
Birmingham, U.K.
Ort Café (acoustic trio)
6/30
Sheffield, U.K.
Regather (acoustic trio)
7/15
San Francisco, CA
Brick & Mortar (Full band)
7/16
Sacramento, CA
Blue Lamp (Full band)
7/18
Seattle, WA
Sunset Tavern (Full band)
7/19
Portland, OR
Doug Fir (Full band)
7/23
Santa Cruz, CA
The Crepe Place (Full band)
8/18
Talgarth, U.K.
Tabernacle (Full band w/Gospelbeach)
8/19
Brecon, U.K.
Green Man Festival (Full band w/Gospelbeach)
8/21
Brighton, U.K.
Prince Albert (Full band w/Gospelbeach)
8/23
London, U.K.
Moth Club (Full band w/Gospelbeach)
8/25
Glasgow, U.K.
Mono (Full band w/Gospelbeach)
8/26
York, U.K.
The Crescent (Full band w/Gospelbeach)
8/27
Manchester, U.K.
The Castle (Full band w/Gospelbeach)
8/29
Oslo, Norway
Café Mono (Full band w/Gospelbeach)
8/31
Malmo, Sweden
Folk A Rock (Full band w/Gospelbeach)
9/1
Göteborg, Sweden
Pustervik ( Full band w/Gospelbeach)
9/2
Stockholm, Sweden
Sthlm Americana at Mosebacke & Södra Teatern




 

Photo: Angel Ceballos

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