Unapologetically bold and vibrantly poppy, “Double Country,” the third album outing from The Miller Test, is a sonic narrative showcasing the band’s ever-evolving dynamism. Undeniably securing their footing in the indie rock landscape, this record is an anthemic testament to their outlaw art rock vision blended with an undaunted pop sensibility.
Made up of 11 tracks that are each unique yet interconnected in their synergy, “Double Country” allows listeners to journey through noise electronica clouds, navigate post-rock funk territories, and bask in gospel harmonies while succumbing to resounding beats.
Tracks like “Tennessee,” “Long Wrong Way,” and “Crows on the Scaffold,” burst with energy as they swing between expressive highs and contemplative lows. Meanwhile, “Quarantine Hotel” stands out as a significant marker on this musical odyssey, illustrating their apt skill for intertwining contemporary themes within their lyricism.
What sets this album apart is not only its audacious stylistic blend but also the contrasting male and female vocals that add striking depth and texture. The juxtaposition powerfully traverses through each track—from commanding crescendos to poignant whispers—that richly colours your audial canvas.
The influence of producer John Winfield alongside engineer Al Harle chimes strongly throughout the album. An immaculate production appears like an invisible thread woven seamlessly into this tapestry; every beat strikes true, every strum resonates clearly—the orchestration meticulously encourages every track’s potential thrumming within into vivid life.
Evoking tonal echoes of titans like Arcade Fire with inklings of newcomers like Black Midi’s unsteadiness—a comparison that underscores their dexterity—”Double Country” engages you right from its opening notes to the very end. Its raw energy pulsates with life, swirling within and around the cohesive structure of its entirety.
This record, at its core, conjures an intriguing paradox—it’s as much a down-home celebration of its musical roots as it is a pioneering venture into uncharted territories. The artistry on display in “Double Country” may be outlawed by some, yet for many others, it represents a beacon of innovation and excitement in indie rock today.
The Miller Test, with “Double Country,” has not only passed but has raised the bar—blurring boundaries between genres and extracting hard-hitting sonic beauty from every element. They’ve left us yearning for their next venture.