“It’s a heavy thing and a very beautiful thing to share right now,” NYC-based singer Holly Miranda explains of her new album, Mutual Horse (out Feb. 23 on Dangerbird). The record is dedicated to her mother Gina, who passed away almost a month to the day before its release.
“That’s not to say it’s a mournful listening experience,” Miranda told Billboard. “I would say it’s one of the more joyful and funky things I’ve ever made, but there are a few tracks that will be tough for me to sing live. It’s a journey, for sure.”
The album, which follows her 2015 self-titled record, was a challenge for Miranda. “It’s by far the most I’ve ever stepped out of my comfort zone in the recording process and also the most soul-baring album I’ve ever made.”
Growing up between two music cities, Nashville and Detroit, Miranda began playing piano when she was six and taught herself to play guitar at 14. At 16, she relocated to New York and has performed along with the likes of Lou Reed, The xx and Lesley Gore. Most recently, she made an appearance on electroclash pioneers Fischerspooner’s new album, Sir, which was released last week.
“I have been a huge fan of theirs for a long time,” Miranda said. “In the early 2000’s I was living in Bed Sty, Brooklyn and I remember going to see them at Irving Plaza and calling my answering machine to record a few seconds of “Emerge” through my flip phone. Now almost 20 years later I get to sing on their record, life is wild!”
Check out Mutual Horse, streaming exclusively on Billboard, below.