Singer-songwriter Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn has built her reputation on recordings that were lo-fi and often minimal, but in her 15 years of releasing music she’s increased the lushness of her sound while maintaining the intimacy of her lyrics. Her first solo release in five years, the searing breakup LP Changing Light, occasionally uses Mirah’s typical acoustic guitars but also dark drum-machine beats, synths, strings, handclaps and layered backing vocals. Her May 21 show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg reflected the expanded sound; backed by a four-piece band she played the entire album and a few old favorites, going guitar-less on many of the new tracks. Seattle’s Led to Sea (aka Alex Guy, a member of Mirah’s band) opened the night with a set of looped violin and sweet vocals, followed by North Carolina’s Loamlands, an electrified folk group centered on singer/guitarist Kym Register and guitarist Will Hackney, joined by a rotating mix of friends (which, last night, included Megafaun’s Brad Cook on a few songs).
Mirah @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, May 21, 2014
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