Sydney Miller breaks through her mould, breathing a swift moment of acapella that transforms into a pop-electronica showpiece on this treasure of a track, ‘Behind Closed Doors’.
Where does one even start with the listening experience! Should it be Sydney Miller’s holy melody that uplifts you into the energetic arms of another dimension? Or the minimalistic percussion loop, bringing forth a moment of aural focus rather than overstimulation? Or the enigmatical verses creating space for the audience to form their own narrative? You're bound to drift into the curious plane of existence or into a pleasant dissociation; either way, it’s welcomed.
Behind Closed Doors feels vocally lunary, dipped in a sweetly plated innocence. However, a closer listen starts to unveil a noticeable resistance in her pitch, which lingers for a split second in her delivery; projecting itself as fear. Her tone then does a 180 and a push of strength is felt in the synths, following echos of resilience. Sydney Miller creates depth with vocal stacks, and each pause resembles a slight temperance found behind those same closed doors.
"This song started from a university project I made in 2018 in three hours. It had roughly 20 vocal lines, a recording of me patting my leg to the beat, and that was it. No processing, just raw audio stacked on top of each other. It was before I really had confidence in production, which is why there is such a strong focus on the (very minimal) lyrics and vocals and a lack of any structure that resembles a typical pop format. I finally went back to it last year to fix it up with my newfound production skills. Writing the song itself was a significant turning point for my self-confidence, and I felt like I owed it to myself to fix it up and finally share it.
I always gather a collection of object recordings specific to the song I’m writing before I begin fleshing out the production. I’ll make sure I have a solid variety of sounds that cover a range of textures, harmonic/melodic qualities, and lengths to somewhat replace traditional instrumental sounds you would expect in a song, like drums and synth lines." - Sydney Miller
Her ability to bring lyrics to life with faint inflections is what separates Sydney Miller from the current bandwagon; she takes pride in her craft, experimenting with sound and not limiting her skills to singing and songwriting; she’s on pure fire when it comes to production, specifically on Behind Closed Doors, which is also mixed and mastered by Robert Downie.
As she travels across sun-drenched Europe, her current music hiatus means we can expect a vault full of inspiration and an earful of heaven once she locks in a headline tour upon her return. Jump back into the world of Sydney Miller by following our rotation, and while you’re at it, journey through her current catalogue before her next season of releases drops!