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On her upcoming covers EP entitled Party Trick (available digitally on May 13th), the ever-prolific Holly Miranda harkens back to her first experiences playing music and showcases just how powerful cover songs can be.

“It’s how I learned to play the guitar,” Miranda says. “I was on a missions trip to Belarus when I was 14 and this girl brought a guitar and taught me “Linger” and “Zombie” by the Cranberries. “When I got home I started learning every song I could find the chords to online and taught myself that way.”

“The title of this album comes from Tegan Quinn (Tegan & Sara) saying I could take any song and ‘make it sad’ she said it was my ‘Party Trick’” Miranda, who takes the opportunity on the EP to cover Morphine, Lhasa De Sela, Drake and others, says.  “Some of these are covers are new, but others I’ve done throughout the years. It’s just what I do for fun. Doing covers is such a great way to learn the way someone else constructs a song, if you can break that down and find your own voice in it it can be something really interesting.” And whatever joy she takes in making the songs, listening to them is just as exciting.

Visit Stereogum to hear Holly Miranda’s version of “Hold On, We’re Going Home” originally by Drake. Look for Party Trick on all digital music services on May 13th.

Track Listing:
01 “Hold On, We’re Going Home” (Drake)
02 “Blood Bank” (Bon Iver)
03 “In Spite Of Me” (Morphine)
04 “Forever Young” (Alphaville)
05 “Love Came Here” (Lhasa De Sela)
06 “Hundreds Of Sparrows” (Sparklehorse)