London band The Miller Test concocts a tasty musical fusion with their third album, “Double Country”. Known for their outlaw art rock style, the band seamlessly blends noise electronica, rock, funk guitars, and gospel harmonies, creating a sonic tapestry that combines soulful Americana, English irony, and moody rebel lyricism.
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“Double Country” is a 44-minute journey through a diverse range of musical genres, showcasing the band’s remarkable ability to meld various influences from the late ’70s and ’80s into a cohesive and compelling sound. This includes genres like pop, country, blues, soul and gospel.
The opening track, “Crows on the Scaffold,” grabs your attention with a trip-hop intro before diving headfirst into hard alt-rock territory. The song’s exceptional drum work, soaring vocal harmonies, and captivating chord progressions evoke memories of iconic ’70s rock bands, with a stoner rock twist that’s both refreshing and timeless. “Like a Stranger” transports listeners to the ’80s with its New Wave synth-pop sound, complete with shimmering synths that add a touch of nostalgia and intrigue. “Country Sleep” takes a different turn, combining ’80s-style rock with retro electronica elements, all wrapped in a blues-rock template that is as infectious as it is innovative.
Soulful soft rock ballad “Sin in Question” showcases The Miller Test’s ability to tug at the heartstrings with emotive vocals and a mesmerizing melody. “Quarantine Hotel” channels the spirit of Rolling Stones, featuring a Stonesy call-and-response dynamic and a spoken-word section that adds an extra layer of depth to this rock gem. “Tennessee” takes a country alternative rock route, with beautiful organ chords and vocal harmonies that are simply enchanting, making it one of the album’s standout tracks.
“Narcotraficante” unleashes a proper rock song with hints of country influences, blending acoustic guitars with distorted rhythms, searing lead guitars, and thunderous drums. “Fallen Leaves” explores new wave rock territory, introducing percussion elements that keep the energy high and the listener engaged. “Crescent Moon” takes a rustic country and southern rock approach, offering a brief yet delightful interlude that showcases the band’s versatility. The album culminates with “Country Blood,” a bouncy ’80s-style rock song infused with pop elements that leave a lasting impression. Throughout “Double Country,” The Miller Test’s production at Big Jelly Studios, Ramsgate, under the guidance of producer John Winfield and engineer Al Harle, shines through, delivering a sonic experience that is both bold and meticulously crafted.
The bands have released a quirky wacky music video for Country Sleep. The video features the duo from the band playing out various themes and characters from Alice In Wonderland with doubling and mirroring video effects.
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In a musical landscape often marked by predictability, The Miller Test’s “Double Country” is a breath of fresh air. This genre-blending masterpiece celebrates diversity and creativity, making it a must-listen for anyone seeking music that defies categorization and leaves a lasting impact.
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