Miranda Sex Garden was a band from London, England. Formed in 1990, they were originally a trio of madrigal singers. Their first album, Madra (1991), was entirely a cappella, with the songs all based on traditional English verse. By their second release, Iris (1992), the sound evolved into a blend of their madrigal-styled vocals with sounds reminiscent of gothic rock, darkwave, ethereal wave and industrial music. Their sound became increasingly dark and sophisticated over the years. Around the time of their third album, Fairytales of Slavery, they said they wanted to create music that evoked a "seductive garden of earthly delights, full of colour and chaos."