Miranda Lee Richards

Echoes of the Dreamtime: to be released 29 Jan 2016

On 29 January 2016, Miranda Lee Richards will release ‘Echoes Of The Dreamtime’ through Invisible Hands Music, on LP and CD [Cat Nos IH63, IHCD63]. The album was recorded at home with her husband, producer Rick Parker, best known for his work with BRMC and the Dandy Warhols (including the global smash ‘Bohemian Like You’) and brings together eight pastoral, atmospheric epics into a work that is her best yet.

Miranda herself says of ‘Echoes Of The Dreamtime’, “I was inspired to work in a lyrically narrative style. Many of the songs are over five minutes in length, four and five verses apiece. In our instant gratification ADD culture, I wanted to make an album of high quality that would hopefully capture people’s attention and inspire them to slow down, listen and reflect. It is a hypnotic and meditative record, yet not necessarily down tempo.”

7th Ray / Tokyo’s Dancing / Little Radio / First Light Of Winter / Julian / Colours So Fine / It Was Given / Already Fine

Born in San Francisco after the summer of love and before the dawn of disco, she grew up in an artistic and bohemian environment that has informed her adult life and work. Her parents are well-known comic book artists Ted and Teresa Richards. After graduating from San Francisco School Of The Arts, she began to pursue a musical career. She met Kirk Hammett from Metallica who taught her guitar. Her early demos reached Anton Newcombe and she joined his band The Brian Jonestown Massacre, sang on their early recordings, and appeared with them in the documentary ‘Dig!’ Miranda signed to Virgin Records in 2001 and released her debut album ‘The Herethereafter’. The album was a mix of folk, psychedelia country and indie pop, and found fans worldwide. Follow-up album ‘Light Of X’, the title of which comes from a dream about harnessing beams of light to travel in time, followed in 2009 via Nettwerk Records.

The feeling of harmony that suffuses ‘Echoes Of The Dreamtime’ comes in some way from its ‘homespun’ genesis. Many of Miranda’s friends and neighbours played on the album, which was fully recorded at her home studio, The Sandbox. Two of her oldest friends from her San Francisco days, Randy Billings and Christof Certic played guitar. The “string section” was comprised of two neighbours, Eric Beyers (cello, Calder Quartet), and Carrie Dennis (viola, L.A. Philharmonic), with Miranda’s friend Lili Haydn joining in on violin. Another neighbour played musical saw, whilst others contributed backing vocals.

A beguiling, honest performer, Miranda Lee Richards has with ‘Echoes Of The Dreamtime’ created a body of work that will doubtless satisfy her own fans but also find her plenty more.

For more information or to request an interview please contact Chris Hewlett on 0845 601 2833 or chris@chrishewlett.com