Miranda ‎– Phenomena

Koyote Records (2) ‎– KRCD002
CD, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Steps To The Stars 11:03
2 Subtropical Forest 7:56
3 Andalgalornis 10:53
4 Labyrinth 8:37
5 Green Man
Producer, Written-By – Jean Borelli
6 Phenomena 8:52
7 Weightless 7:23
8 Concorde 9:39


Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 030094 007123
  • Barcode (String): 5030094007123
  • Matrix / Runout: 83015 KRCD002

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
KRLP002 Miranda Phenomena(3xLP, Album) Koyote Records (2) KRLP002 UK 1996 Sell This Version
Sub 4837.2 Miranda Phenomena(CD, Album, P/Mixed) Distance Sub 4837.2 France 1997 Sell This Version
KRLP002 Miranda Phenomena(3xLP, Album, Promo) Koyote Records (2) KRLP002 UK 1996 Sell This Version


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August 6, 2013
edited 2 months ago
Miranda has come in for some (pretty unpleasant) stick for her other albums on Psynews, so I just
want to reassure her if she ever reads this that she made at least one classic that will stand the test
of time. This is a great album and is certainly up there with other Goa classics from Etnica, Doof,
Hallucinogen, Pleidians, etc. There are several unique elements that contribute to this classic
status. Firstly, Miranda creates a uniquely dark, sometimes even slightly claustrophic, vibe on
this album. I don't know if she used some kind of noise reduction or filtering, but the background
is inky black and the recording is slightly dull, certainly not bright. This dark atmosphere is most
alluring as it draws the listener/dancer in and gives a sense of space. Secondly, Miranda uses a
very tight, deep kickdrum throughout this album which ties the tracks together and helps create a
feeling of unity. This kick has a real thump to it, and is very distinct from Etnica's tinnier Goa
kick, for instance. Thirdly, Miranda creates uniquely sculpted melodies - all of them have a
kind of bouncy spring in their step that is hard to describe. These little jounces give momentum to
her melodies and create the aural equivalent of fractals - lots of small sharp scooped edges that
create a latticework (no I'm not tripping as I write this). Finally,Miranda does use the classic Goa
"storytelling" song structure, so there is a sense of progression in each tune. I don't think that it is
worthwhile picking out any of the tracks on the album as they're all of much the same high standard,
so the album gels as a whole. I love this record, and am still going to love it in ten years' time.
Impossible to recommend highly enough. ~*~


September 21, 2009
This is a brilliant album! If I had to pick 1 album to sum up and represent "goa trance", Phenomena would be it. But I don't think it's a good album to introduce someone to goa trance with unless they're used to hard and intense music, they'll probably get a headache.

It's not revolutionary, but it's definitely a distinctive style and perfectly executed, there's not one weak track here. Miranda's style is thick, heavy and juicy. It's almost verging on psytrance yet so far from it. The amount of layers and melodies in this music is incredible for 1996. And I should also mention that in many of her tracks, perhaps most clearly Subtropical Forest, Miranda comes up with a great bassline that absolutely rocks the entire track.

Steps To The Stars is a half-chilled opening track that slowly builds up from nothing and draws us in to the album. After that we get pounded and twisted all the way to Weightless, which is a beatless ambient track to cool us right down after the peak madness of the preceding Phenomena. Finally Concorde brings it to a close goa style but not too twisted or intense, relative to some other tracks on the album of course. ;)

I can't praise this album enough. It's in the top 3 or at least top 5 goa trance albums for me, and I've heard hundreds of them so I have a fairly good idea where it should rank.


May 25, 2008

Phenomenal debut album from Miranda, the former queen of goa trance hailing from Sweden!
Quality music all the way, far from revolutionary, just five star general goa trance, and then some. Well crafted and uplifting melodies, far reaching and wide soundscapes, old school samples about alien life forms and hallucinogenic substances, before those began to plague each and every psy trance related release, amazing breaks and energetic climaxes, with an obligatory downtempo tune, and you have yourself a true to the heart gem, which is obviously chained to the basics of the goa trance spectrum, but very successful in avoiding cliches and trivial traits of the often somewhat formulaic releases.
More or less all the tracks, with the exception of the chilled out number Weightless, follow the same path, but the opener Steps To The Stars, Labyrinth and the title track Phenomena are just a notch above the rest.
A must for old school lovers, but I would also recommend this album to those who would like to try and get a quick glimpse at what is the whole old school frenzy about, as well to those who are new to the genre. Some other acts you'd want to try out if you are looking for some flat out great, straight up old is gold goa trance, are Etnica during their prime, pre 1999 period, Total Eclipse and Transwave.