Mirah - In Love ' the Raincoats cover

Mirah covers the Raincoats - 'In Love'

Fuzz guitar pairs with Mirah's sharp voice. The drums come in suddenly and with haste, surrounded by whirring vocals. 


Brooklyn-based Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn (b. 1974, Philadelphia) creates incorruptible independent pop music defined by her graceful songwriting and adventuresome recordings. Mirah has released over a dozen solo and collaborative recordings on K Records, Kill Rock Stars and various US domestic and foreign independent labels while touring the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand many times since 1998. Pitchfork has praised her “incredible voice—a versatile coo that can flit from low, sultry tones to high, airy falsetto in one breath.”

Frequent collaborators of the years have included well-known producers Phil Elverum (The Microphones/Mount Eerie), Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), Eli Crews (The Julie Ruin), Tucker Martine, Guy Sigsworth and Calvin Johnson, songwriters and composers such as Thao Nguyen, Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Lori Goldston, Susie Ibarra, Jherek Bischoff, Tara Jane O’Neil and Khaela Maricich (The Blow) and visual and media artists such as Anna Oxygen of Cloud Eye Control, Britta Johnson and Ginger Brooks Takahashi.

Guitar, vocals and percussion performed and recorded by Mirah. Mixed by Melissa Dyne. Cover art collage by Ari Fouriezos

Mirah says, I can’t exactly remember the first time I heard the Raincoats but it was not long after I moved to Olympia, Washington in 1992. It’s funny to me now that I knew nothing about the Olympia music scene before arriving. I thought I was just going to college, but as it turned out, I had landed there right in the middle of a music revolution, for which I found myself quite unprepared. I hadn’t even begun to teach myself to play guitar yet. But what better lightening rod to spur me on than the Raincoats eponymous first album, plus a whole bunch of awesome feminist and queer bands which were springing up around me like so many punk-rock mushrooms in that spongy fertile northwest soil. Most of whom I’m pretty sure had started listened ardently to the Raincoats long before I did. I was soaking it all in, and Kill Rock Stars was right there, listening with a keen ear and pressing the records.”