Though she may have been titled as the ‘sunny queen of indie’ by BBC Introducing, Genevieve Miles has taken the next step in her songwriting with her new single ‘Storm Before’.
Dreamy guitar pans across your ears. What seems an effortless building of musical blocks follows, and at no point does anything sound out of place. The way this song has been crafted is immaculate. It brought me to an instant sense of tranquility to the point that I could almost feel the breeze and hear the birds as I listened.
The title might suggest a dark and brooding tone, but it’s quite the opposite. There is absolutely nothing harsh about it.
Don’t think it’s just a lazy indie-pop tune though. Miles has managed to mix in tones of jazz and psychedelia, but not to the point of overpowering everything.
Talking about the track herself, Genevieve said ‘This song is a special one, it really sounds like my soul. First off, it’s a love song, but looking back at it now I’m also talking about the long cyclical process of healing. “This rain could not compare to the storm that came before last summer”: healing and growth never end and when pain randomly comes up again, even though it’s hard each time, maybe it’s a little different, a little better than the time before, cause you’ve learnt so much since then, you have so many new tools to work with and look after yourself.’.
I know Genevieve talks about the storm, but trust me if you get a glimpse of a chance to sit out in the sun then you’re going to want to get this tune on your playlist.
With the promise of a summer of freedom and relaxation, Genevieve might have really struck gold with this song. If she can keep creating music like this then she’s got a good chance of keeping the title as the ‘sunny queen of indie’.