Halfway through 'Aim to Choose,' a cut off Mira's evocative debut, Can't Wait, the singer asserts the album's theme: In these uncertain days, trying to find my place/I know what's going on, singing my life's true song. Mira began recording Can't Wait in 2002, when she was grappling with one of life's great mythical labors: making it in New York. The city itself is almost never invoked on the album, but the sense of internal and external toil, and the pursuit of an ultimate freedom that pervade Can't Wait, is all Gotham. Consequently, whether it's a song of solitude ('I Suppose') or of passion ('Watch Yourself'), this album is ultimately an ode to struggle and self-discovery. It's also a monument to eclecticism. Mira hails from Seattle, and Can't Wait revels in her hometown's diverse musical scene. This collection of songs is also intensely personal; many of Mira's musical interests were influenced by her father, whose record collection spanned everything from classical to roots reggae. With this colorful musical foundation, Mira began singing at the age of 10, but she took time to live and learn before recording this album. She graduated from Seattle University with bachelors degrees in both political science and humanities. Always one for dramatic flair, Mira also spent time in the theater, which polished her talent for translating raw emotion into familiar messages that speak to the soul. Mira first ventured to New York in 1997 to pursue music. Can't Wait is the captivating climax of that experience. Most of this album is a collaboration with a few producers, one of them Jeremiah Vancans. Mira and Vancans worked together earlier in the band Version 2, which mixed live instruments with laptop generated samples, tight grooves and sultry vocals. Version 2 performed at many venues throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, and you can hear the band featured on 'That's All Right.' More than anything, Can't Wait feels like a collaboration between Mira and all of her musical influences. Upbeat dance tracks like 'Ball' blend easily into more down-tempo cuts like 'Lonely.' One hears the influences of hip-hop, soul, house, and electronica, but Can't Wait is it's own animal, it's own album, with it's own unique sensibility. Mira couldn't wait to give this treasure to the world, and now we can't wait for her to give us more.
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