VIDEO PREMIER: LADY LAZARUS’ MOJAVE DESERT-FILMED MUSIC VIDEO FOR “ANNA”
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Miracles has already garnered a wealth of critical praise, with Consequence of Sound calling it, “the best album of her career so far” and stating that, “the sonic and melodic leaps on Miracles are vivid and stunning themselves.” AltSounds, who gives the album 86/100, says, “it feels something like an emotional and spiritual reawakening, as if Sweat were finally emerging from the haze and looking at her life and the world around her in a completely different way.” Clash Magazine goes on to praise the title track’s “entrancing” video, noting the “emotive delivery” and stating, “there’s an intensity to her performance which echoes that within the music.” Of the track “Anna,” which features percussionist Gary Mallaber (Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Miller Band), FLOOD Magazine commends the “grandiose and minimally arranged” production, noting that it is “an intriguing taste of more to come on the full-length LP.”
Lady Lazarus is the acclaimed solo project of artist Melissa Ann Sweat, Miracles marks her third full-length album using the moniker. Produced by John Keller, the LP elevates Sweat’s lo-fi keyboard style with the use of a baby grand piano, orchestral percussion from Mallaber and additional instrumentation including synths, strings, French horn and flute. “I knew that these songs wanted and deserved more instrumentation than in the past, and I was finally ready to explore these options,” explains Sweat. See the full track list for Miracles below.
Shortly after recording Miracles in Los Angeles, Sweat relocated to Joshua Tree and while the album is broadly inspired by events in Sweat’s life and career, the Mojave Desert creatively impacted the accompanying visuals.
Since 2011 Sweat has self-released two critically acclaimed albums; struggled with past depression, addiction and recovery; purged negative relationships from her life; and fallen in love. “While I’ve endured many struggles, I’ve tried to orient myself in a positive direction––which has come to a sort of fruition in this moment in my life and in my music,” she says.
The album follows 2013’s All My Love in Half Light, which received widespread critical praise from the likes of NPR, Interview, Pitchfork, SPIN and The Fader––Impose called it “a masterwork made with the utmost care,” while Clash described it as “a haunting meditative take on the dream pop template which fuses glorious melancholy with a near classical sweep.”
MIRACLES TRACK LIST:
2. Train Song
3. Lonely Daughter
4. All Good Things
5. Little Steps
6. Spirit Away
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