Would you believe that Miriam Clancy has taken a decade off between albums? Yes folks, ‘Magnetic’ is ten years old. But that time was not wasted and now we get her new album ‘Astronomy’, a shoegaze alt-pop extravaganza featuring Miriam’s angelic voice accompanied by her penchant for hook-filled chord progressions and poetic lyrics. This album is a long time coming and it feels like it. The music wants to come at you, not in an energetic way, but from a positive direction. ‘Astronomy’ is not only well thought out but planned and executed with the brilliance and captivation of a true artist who knows how to put the pieces together and fit those pieces into a beautiful soundtrack that yearns to be played from track one to ten in order.
On October 14th, Miriam is holding her Album Release Show at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, New York. Details HERE.
Who: Miriam Clancy
What: ‘Astronomy’ Album Release Show w/ Special Guests
When: October 14, 2019 7:30PM US Eastern
Where: Knitting Factory Brooklyn 361 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211
Contact: +1(347) 529-6696 email@example.com
About Miriam Clancy
New York and Pennsylvania-based New Zealander Miriam Clancy return with Astronomy and, fittingly, her focus is both existential and yearning for something greater.
Growing up living between a hippy mother and Catholic grandmother, Miriam became obsessed with dramatic, piano-led pieces, practicing singing to drown out her brother’s guitar shredding in the next room. The intense draw to music ran in the Clancy family: her absentee dad sang and played melancholic crooner tunes in bars, usually ending in street brawls.
A brief stint in Los Angeles led to the release of her NZ debut, 2006’s Lucky One, which was met with critical acclaim back in New Zealand. Its follow-up, 2009’s Magnetic, led to a greater swell of support within her home country, including opening slots for Wilco and being nominated for both an APRA Silver Scroll and New Zealand Music Award.
After a decade between records, Clancy’s upcoming third album, Astronomy, serves myriad purposes.
It’s her first official full-length album stateside, but for longtime fans, Astronomy is a reintroduction and a reinvention. Its ten songs represent a cathartic fork in the road borne out of existential crisis and the new territory is evident. Crafted over a couple of years in New York City with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Astronomy is laden with swooning electric guitars, Wurlitzers, early 90’s drum machines, and analog synths.
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Inspired by time spent on Great Barrier Island in New Zealand amidst writing the record, the record’s title and overarching ambiance reference the island’s unparalleled view of the stars as a Dark Sky Sanctuary. “It would wrap around you and lift you into the cosmos,” Clancy adds. “It’s amazing how something so far from the earth can affect us and give a sense of perspective… it’s the great equalizer.”