Brooklyn-based Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn (b. 1974, Philadelphia) creates incorruptible independent pop music defined by her graceful songwriting and adventuresome recordings. Mirah has released over a dozen solo and collaborative recordings on K Records, Kill Rock Stars and various US domestic and foreign independent labels while touring the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand many times since 1998. Pitchfork has praised her “incredible voice—a versatile coo that can flit from low, sultry tones to high, airy falsetto in one breath.”
Frequent collaborators of the years have included well-known producers Phil Elverum (The Microphones/Mount Eerie), Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), Eli Crews (The Julie Ruin), Tucker Martine, Guy Sigsworth and Calvin Johnson, songwriters and composers such as Thao Nguyen, Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Lori Goldston, Susie Ibarra, Jherek Bischoff, Tara Jane O’Neil and Khaela Maricich (The Blow) and visual and media artists such as Anna Oxygen of Cloud Eye Control, Britta Johnson and Ginger Brooks Takahashi.
The 20th Anniversary reissue of Mirah's album You Think It's Like This But Really It's Like This is available everywhere now! The album is fully remastered and features a full cover album by a delightfully packed line-up of artists:
1. Million Miles - WHY? feat. Gabby's World
2. Sweepstakes Prize - Y La Bamba
3. Of Pressure - Mount Eerie
4. This Dance - Sad13 & Mal Blum
5. La Familia - Allison Crutchfield
6. Gone Sugaring - Madeline Kenney
7. Person Person - Maia Macdonald
8. Engine Heart - Lauren Ruth Ward
9. Archipelago - Hand Habits
10. 100 Knives - Flock of Dimes
11. Murphy Bed - Half Waif
12. Pollen - Shamir
13. Small Town - Palehound
14. Water and Sleep - Arthur Moon feat. Aviva Jaye
15. Telephone Wires - Night Shop & La Louma
16. Words Cannot Describe - The Blow
"To get to hear my songs performed by all of these amazing folks was like having a weird cool dream about my life 20 years ago, you know that way that dreams can feel both real and surreal at the same time? I love getting to float above myself and listen in on all of the brilliance that the musicians on the covers album gave to this project." —Mirah
Half Waif by Tonje Thilesen
Of the cover, Half Waif's Nandi Rose said: "It was a huge honor to record a cover for the legendary Mirah in celebration of this 20th anniversary reissue. I chose 'Murphy Bed' because I could immediately hear the chorus being reimagined as a more choral-focused arrangement. There's also something obviously sensual about this song lyrically, so I wanted to play that up with the slow backbeat and just have some fun with it. I'm really grateful to Mirah for her fearless songwriting, and I loved getting to interpret that with my own arrangement."
photo by Meghan Marin
Today, Mirah has announced a 20th anniversary reissue of her seminal album, You Think It's Like This But Really It's Like This. The double LP reissue includes a remastered version of the record as well as a tribute to the album that features covers by Mount Eerie, Hand Habits, Half Waif, Palehound, Shamir, Y La Bamba, Allison Crutchfield and more.
You can hear Mount Eerie's cover of "Of Pressure" now. Read a quote from Phil Elverum below:
"It was a joy to record my version of Mirah's song 'Of Pressure' using the old cassette 4 track and all the instruments we used to use together in the old days," said Mount Eerie's Phil Elverum, "Same air organ, same antique drum machine, same chaos. I remember when Mirah first recorded her original. It was part of a batch of songs that she worked on independently of our collaboration in Dub Narcotic studio. Her 4 track world. That one was a big built world of mounting layers, the feeling of pressure and depth. I loved it and I still do. I wanted to see if I could make it a little more oppressive even."
Please give a warm welcome to Mirah, a legendary and versatile voice in independent pop for the last two decades. Mirah began her career by recording a pair of lo-fi EPs in the late 1990s, eventually releasing her debut record You Think It’s Like This But Really It’s Like This on Olympia Washington's independent label K Records. Mirah helped define the DIY pop scene, going on to release an impressive collection of solo records and countless collaborations. Mirah is a massive influence to the artists we know and love on Double Double Whammy, it’s an honor to welcome her to the family. Keep your eyes peeled for more Mirah news coming your way this year :)
Dip into Mirah's catalog via a short collection of tracks:
Lucky west coasters can also catch Mirah on tour with Waxahatchee this May. Tickets are on sale this Friday, January 24 at 10 am local!
5/4/20 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
5/7/20 - Pioneertown, CA - Pappy and Harriet's
5/8/20 - Los Angeles, CA - First Congregational Church
5/10/20 - Sonoma, CA - Gundlach Bundschu Winery
5/12/20 - Portland, OR - The Old Church
5/13/20 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
5/14/20 - Vancouver, BC - Christ Church Cathedral
5/15/20 - Seattle, WA - The Neptune Theatre