March 27, 2014 | by wp_admin
Review: Emile Millar

There are a lot of Emile Millars out there, versatile guys on the working-class end of the music business, grinding it out on the road between production gigs, landing their songs on TV shows and movies in Hollywood and occasionally making it back to Austin to knock out an EP as good as Millar’s latest solo project.

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The modest EP length is a nice counterbalance to the artist’s penchant for gravity in both subject matter and delivery, which is not to say that Millar’s a terminal downer: there’s some hearty romanticism in “The Wait” and some heartening optimism in “One Is Enough” among the autumnal hum of acoustic guitars and wheezing keyboards. Even the striking glimpse of urban poverty and paranoia in “Just Like It Seems” is more skillful storytelling than gratuitous melancholy, and it doesn’t hurt that Millar’s vocals are more akin to a downbeat, relatable Dave Grohl than some over-emoting showoff. It’s a good listen — the sound of a veteran craftsman and professional making something that’s all his.

— MIKE MESSICK

Editor’s Note: Big Bend Records is a part of Texas Music LLC (a group of businesses which includes Texas Music magazine).

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