“Over my few short years I’ve come to notice something about myself. I am completely incapable of saying how I feel unless it’s via music,” Rainy Milo tells us, by way of introducing her new album This Thing of Ours. The debut LP from the 19 year old London-based artist, (who we introduced last year) is out tomorrow on Limey/Big Picnic Records, but you can stream it a day early here.
“I barely ever give much of myself away to anyone,” Milo goes on. “Yet as soon as my thoughts are mixed with music, before I know it, I’ve written a song telling it all. There are people I have loved, yet I have never been able to express it to them. Not until I had written it in song. I like to think of This Thing Of Ours as the diary I never had. If someone were to steal random pages from this nonexistent diary of mine, I am very sure what was written would make up each of the songs on this album.”
That sense of emotional unburdening certaily comes through on the album, and in particular on songs like “Treasure Girl”, a gently-swaying blend of r&b and soul. Elsewhere tracks like “In This Place” and “Bankrobber” are cut through with an island aesthetic, dub effects and drums. But tying it all together is Milo’s clear, romantic vocals, and heartfelt delivery.
Directly from her heart to ours, she says.
“I always say I write songs for myself, but once this album is released these songs are no longer mine; they are ours. Thank you.”
Photo by Kyle Joy