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Thao and Mirah: Thao and Mirah

Singer-songwriters Thao and Mirah have made an impressive debut.

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Indie-folk singer-songwriters Thao and Mirah don’t make “the likeliest” duo, said Joel Oliphint in Paste. Though they share a taste for acoustic guitars and one-word monikers, they’re cut from different cloth: “Thao is the wild girl” in a miniskirt, while Mirah is a quiet, introspective type who is apt to write song cycles about insects. Judging from this impressive debut collaboration, though, these two talented artists are “even better in cahoots than they are solo.” That’s thanks in large part to tUnE-yArDs’s Merrill Garbus, who in co-producing the record “embraced the duo’s internal contrasts, interweaving them throughout.” Garbus probably also deserves credit for the record’s adventurous sonic palette, said Michael Katzif in NPR.org. “Ecstatic horn blasts” pepper “Rubies and Rocks”; the “ramshackle backbeat” of “Squareneck” is all the more striking after the minimalist synths of “How Dare You.” Central always is the interplay between Thao and Mirah. They “complement each other perfectly.”

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