A neo-soul ambition fused with an ominous and eerie vibe, a perfect mix to enjoy under the neon lights of the dance-floor, maybe that of your own house. Eden Gaol, the new single by British band The Miller Test, is a raw, funky, Bowie induced artwork.
Just having released their debut album, This Funk is Political, last year, The Miller Test is back again with a new single taken from the band’s forthcoming second album, Dead Blue, and they bring a vibe of maturity, simplicity, and originality.
The song is also graced with a hint of dexterity and wit, with a deceivingly simple hook sure to stay with you throughout the day. The background guitars add layers of mystery, either with its smooth atmosphere or with all-around chaotic shredding. Lyrics show intellect and deep-thinking, and vocals add a certain kind of gritty, powerfully haunting aura.
In the Miller Test’s own words: “Eden Gaol is about a wider creeping authoritarianism in western societies and the cognitive dissonance that seems to produce.” There’s a lot of political background in the song, the “Thursday, Sunday” hook takes aim at officially sanctioned “clap for carers” performances: in the UK. “The population was nudged to collectively demonstrate their approval for essential workers – i.e., a working class unable to shelter behind laptops – at a particular time every Thursday, an exercise songwriter Tibbs Mink sees as faux-religious distraction from the criminally inept policies pursued by our governments in long-underfunded healthcare facilities.”
Despite the protest infused background, The Miller Tests hopes that listeners find Eden Gaol catchy and fun. “Mink might be a mad-as-hell protest singer, but as a band we’re foremost a bunch of playfully genre-bending art-rockers in love with classic pop, soul, and disco.”
The track is accompanied by a very artistic and thought music video that really finishes to represent and materialize the song’s identity. It was shot at a decommissioned Category B prison, matching the tone of its satirical and dreadful mixture.
The Miller Test have been playing together for over ten years, passing most of the time enclosed in a small East London rehearsal room, with occasional presentations as the house band at Biddles Bros on the Lower Clapton Road.
Their debut album, This Funk Is Political, was described by Other Side Reviews as “a serious sonic experience that will stick with you” and “a must-hear release” by FV Music, and it’s available to stream from all major sites.
We’re sure this mature, neo-soul, pop and rock band still have a lot more to say, and we can’t wait to hear about their new album, meanwhile feel free to enjoy Eden Gaol, we’re sure you’ll enjoy it as much as we did.
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