Miles East – “Better Than Here”


Showing an emotive resonance in its gentle rock/pop intertwining, “Better Than Here” is a recent track from NYC-based artist Miles East. The heartrending effort comes via the artist’s forthcoming sophomore album, Between Lightning and Thunder. This single, and the album in general, pursue themes of weathering dark storms — particularly in the context of a relationship in crisis.

“It’s got to be better somehow, better than here, better than now,” East’s croon echoes during the track’s hook, the captivating impact furthered by a melancholic guitar solo approaching the third minute. The hooky heart-aching fondly resembles the work of Matthew Sweet. The warming vocals, twangy guitars, and serenely underlying acoustics complement gripping lyrics conveying the emotional impact of a relationship facing challenges, while also conveying a willingness and hope to weather that storm.

East describes the single as “an ode to the boldness of buoyancy and hope, and to the promises we make to those we love when weathering dark forces.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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