Subtitled "In Memory of Dash Snow," Miranda goes slow and sleazy here across four cuts. "Yesterday is Dead" starts off with a boxy drum machine beat before adding shimmering keyboard lines, layers of propulsive hand percussion and a guitar line that nearly hums Pink Floyd's "Fearless," all of it slithering deeper and deeper. Somehow "Wild Combination" (not an Arthur Russell cover) slows the beat down to an even more syrupy chug, and its queasy, echoing piano soon mingles with a brighter cascade of notes to great effect.
On the B-side, there's the sun-kissed shuffle of "Mango," with warm breezes of guitar blowing across it, a Balearic classic-to-be once the gray of winter melts away. The beat seems to be foregrounded on "Strange Fruit," but it's soon shot through with echoing bass drops, woodblock clops and a fuzzy, melancholic melody. It's these subtle ways with a line, of having each instrumental component further its development and deepen its mood that makes Tiago's singles so intriguing, each subsequent listen revealing more nuance. No doubt he'll be one to keep an ear attuned to this year as well.