6/16/2017

Listen To 'Another World' A Politically-Driven 12-Minute Epic From Miranda Lee Richards' New Album 'Existential Beast' Out Today

LISTEN TO:

"ANOTHER WORLD"
THE POLITCALLY-DRIVEN 12-MINUTE EPIC FROM
MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS'
NEW ALBUM
'EXISTENTIAL BEAST'
OUT TODAY, FRIDAY, JUNE 16 VIA INVISIBLE HANDS MUSIC


 
Miranda Lee Richards.

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"'Another World', a lavishly orchestrated 12-minute outpouring contrasting the American dream with post-election reality, provides the mind-bending climax."
--Bud Scoppa, UNCUT (8/10 album review, August 2017)

"...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."
--Harriet Watkins, THE DAILY COUNTRY (5/1/17)


Los Angeles' singer-songwriter musician MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS has released the song "Another World" taken from her new album EXISTENTIAL BEAST, which is out today, Friday June 16 on Invisible Hands Music (here). The 12-minute epic track explores two contrasting viewpoints in reality about the world that exists now and an inspiring one that could exist one day.

MIRANDA describes the creation of the song, "'Another World' started out as a Shirley Collins-inspired A Capella Medieval protest song (why not?), but transformed into something even more: it took many, many weeks to craft, both lyrically and in orchestrating this nearly twelve-minute piece." MIRANDA adds, "In the post-election climate, reading and listening to the news everyday produced new depressing verses, but not wanting to feel hopeless I decided to get to the heart of the matter and tackle American politics and history, environmental and racial issues, feminism, economics, global warming, animal rights, imperialism, big Pharma and corporate take-over, terrorism, and healthcare, all through the eyes of California whose anthropomorphized character in the song is our beloved mother, lover, daughter, sister and like-minded friend."



"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 force is 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)

"It ends in epic form with the near twelve-minute traditional folk ballad styled 'Another World', adorned with acoustic guitar and subtle strings, its lyrics fully encapsulating the album's political concerns about a divided world as its gently flows to its string section play-out. Lovely stuff." 

--Mike Davies,FOLKING.COM (U.K. 6/15/17)

"...spellbinding 12-minute magnum opus."

--PLUNGER (U.K. 6/15/17)

About MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS:
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).Her new album EXISTENTIAL BEASTfollows a busy year for MIRANDA which included U.S. and European tours and creating songs 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. Beautifully constructed with her signature 1970s-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). EXISTENTIAL BEAST marks yet another confident and inspiring piece of work from MIRANDA. Expect MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS--known for her enchanting live shows--to perform the new album in venues across the U.K. and the U.S. throughout the year (current tour dates listed below).


Catch MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS on tour in the following cities (HERE):
DATE
CITY
VENUE

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)
8/19
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
Malmö, 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


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