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Misty Miller - Next To You EP (Review)

Misty Miller, Next To You EP

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

HAVING supported the likes of Jake Bugg and Tom Odell to great acclaim, Misty Miller now releases her sophomore EP in the form of Next To You and continues to impress.

Comprised of five tracks, this is a lively collection of songs that embrace classic values, while marking Miller out as a singer-songwriter to watch.

EP opener and title track Next To You immediately makes you sit up and take notice… a positively angelic opening, in which Miller’s sweet vocals soar, giving way to a robust and earthy rock ‘n’ roll track complete with frenetic guitar soloing.

And yet, Miller isn’t afraid to suddenly strip things back before building them back up for an even more frantic finale. It’s a mixture of power and beauty that really forces you to take notice, while simultaneously nodding along in appreciation, particularly once Miller clobbers you with a guitar solo to bring the song to a thrilling close.

Anything For You embraces a similarly full throttle approach and is genuinely rousing, albeit with a sense of heartbreak in lyrics that suggest “I will do most anything for you” (for little reward).

Evidence of a more subbtle side is to be found on the dusky blues of Wait, which implores its subject to “wait before you put your head in the noose” amid some chugging guitar riffs and low-key tambourine strikes. It’s a nice change of pace and a really good song.

Tea In China continues that bluesy vibe but drops in a more emphatic chorus, changing the tempos with aplomb, yet maintaining an almost fragile vocal. It’s epic and utterly compelling.

If final track I’ve Got Everything sounds and feels more like a demo and fails to hit the high standards of the first four songs, then it’s a small price to pay. Next To You, in all other respects, is an emphatic statement of intent from an artist who appears to have the world at her feet right now. We can’t wait to hear a full album.

Download picks: Next To You, Wait, Tea In China

Track listing:

  1. Next To You
  2. Anything For you
  3. Wait
  4. Tea In China
  5. I’ve Got Everything