Shaela Miller – “Mourning Tonight”


A stellar track from her upcoming album After the Masquerade, “Mourning Tonight” emphasizes the melodic, atmospheric pop songwriting of Lethbridge, Alberta-based artist Shaela Miller. “I wrote Mourning Tonight while I was deep in the throes of grief after losing a dear friend of mine,” she explains. “It’s about the volatile emotions we can feel as we navigate through complex feelings of grief and sorrow whilst juggling day-to-day tasks.” The track releases alongside an excellent music video, above, that compels in its trippy array of colorful ghosts and creative processional.

A thumping bass line and ghostly synths assemble with twangy guitars into the “how am I gonna sleep tonight?” questioning — complemented thereafter by a peppy percussive backing. “Put your hands ’round my heart, and squeeze tight,” the vocals yearn, laden with dreamy swirls of sporadic guitar amidst the nocturnal synth undercurrent. The contrast between minimalist bass thumps and the effervescent synth/guitar interplay makes for a compelling sound throughout, full of enjoyable momentum and melodically accessible charm. “Mourning Tonight” is a lushly riveting pop showing from Shaela Miller, whose upcoming album we’re certainly anticipating.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ 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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