| March 10, 2009|
10 March 2009
Indie rock, Chamber pop
| C'mon Miracle, Advisory Committee, The Old Days Feeling, Changing Light, You Think It's Like This but|
(a)spera is the fourth studio album from Portland, Oregon singer-songwriter Mirah, released on March 10, 2009. Produced by Phil Elverum, it met with a largely positive reception from music critics. According to PopMatters about the album, "The musical marriage of Mirah and Elvrum is one of those rare perfect meeting of the minds—Jay-Z and Kanye, Butch Vig and Kurt Cobain, Phil Spector and… basically anyone who can sing.
(a)spera was the first album after a four-year hiatus by Mirah, after time spent working on collaborations and remixes of previous albums. Phil Elverum produced and engineered the album, as with many of her previous releases. It was released on March 10, 2009, on Portland label K Records.
The track received positive reviews, including 4/5 stars from Allmusic, a positive review in Dusted Magazine, 7.8/10 by Pitchfork Media, 8/10 by PopMatters, and 3.5/5 stars from Spin.
According to PopMatters, "The musical marriage of Mirah and Elvrum is one of those rare perfect meeting of the minds—Jay-Z and Kanye, Butch Vig and Kurt Cobain, Phil Spector and… basically anyone who can sing. One could easily imagine Mirah being just another songwriter, singing turgid ballads about loneliness over an acoustic guitar (and indeed there is the occasional disturbing flash of this in her work), but through the intelligent production of Elvrum, and indeed, some of the other producers on (a)spera, she is able to set her thoughts upon soaring mountains of musical genius."
All tracks written by Mirah, except where noted.Songwriting, etc.
Mirah - vocals, songwriting, etc.
Christopher Doulgeris – Bass, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Producer, Organ (Pump), Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Phil Elverum – Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Piano, Cymbals, Organ (Hammond),
Bryce Panic – Producer, Percussion, Bongos, Drums, Vocals, Kalimba, Bells, Claves, Vibraphone, Hi Hat
Tucker Martine – Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Kane Mathis – Producer, Kora
Adam Selzer – Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Barry Corliss – Mastering
Liz Haley – Photography, Cover Collage
Jef Brown – Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor)
Chris Funk – Dobro, Mandolin, Celeste, Hurdygurdy, Dulcimer (Hammer)
Lori Goldston – Cello
Cory Gray – Trumpet
Radio Sloan – Guitar
Doug Jenkins – Cello
Robert Andrew Jones – Double Bass
Emily Kingan – Caixa
Justin Mackovich – Violin
Lisa Molinaro – Viola
Cynthia Nelson – Flute
Tara Jane O'Neil – Bass, Guitar, Guitar (Bass)
Toussaint Perrault – Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba
Mehmet "Memo" Vurkaç – Caixa, Pandeiro, Repique, Surdo
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