White Magic Conjures Hope on 'Runaway,' Tease New EP

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Mira Billotte of White Magic performs on stage during the first day of ATP Nightmare Before Christmas at Butlins Holiday Centre on Dec. 3, 2010 in Minehead, England. 

Mira Billotte has been burning bright and cool for nearly two decades now, first with sister Christina and bassist Brendan Majewski in Quix*o*tic, a minimalist D.C. outfit that put out one of the '90s best songs. For the past twelve years, Mira has been the center of White Magic, a geographically indeterminate project that began in Brooklyn before wondering into the woods.

White Magic is a lot of things -- dark, hopeful, mystical, yearning -- but it's never not lovely, even when trying to grate. On "Runaway," Mira and her piano shift and yip in-between each other, tut-tutting, reaching a four-four refrain that Mira drapes in her consistent, songbird coo. It's a morning rain of a song, laid down in the petrichor.

The song is two of four on a new record from White Magic, I'm Hiding My Nightingale, released this week on L.A.'s eclectic, always-ahead-of-the-game Leaving Records.

"Pearls drop / One by one / Like stars / At their end"