FAVORITE NEW INDIE: MILLIE TURNER - UNDERWATER
Millie Turner Reveals A Precocious Talent On “Underwater”!
London’s Millie Turner didn’t even consider herself a singer, before producer David Turley heard her singing at a house party. Turner’s authentic, heartfelt, airy, soulful vocals spoke to Turner, who knew he had stumbled upon something special.
MILLIE TURNER - UNDERWATER
Turley was right, as Turner’s debut single, “Underwater,” has already racked up over 10,000 plays on Spotify, with no major label support. “Underwater” is the Best In Class, for youthful, optimistic, romantic ballads, with Turner comparing life and love to being sucked into the ocean’s depths, over a smooth, banging beat and tropical house pianos. Quite simply, “Underwater” has the lazy, swaying tropical charm of Yacht Rock, but without the classism, with the clean, sharp production of house-driven Club Pop, courtesy of Turley’s production.
“We are young/we are afraid/but we are free,” sings Turner on “Underwater”’s catchy, mellow chorus. It’s a feeling we’d all do well to remember. Being young reminds us of what is possible, what should be instead of what is. It’s the sound of teenagers arguing with their parents, “It’s not fair!” and “I’ll never do that when I grow up!”
Sadly, we don’t hold to all of those promises, but we should hold on to making them. In today’s corrupted world, it’s time for passion and commitment, especially when the powers that be flip-flop on reality every 12 hours. Ironically, it is the young who are proving to be steadfast and constant, while the “adults” cover their ears and eyes as the sky falls.
We’ll all be living underwater by that time, if Millie Turner has her way. We Are: The Guard recommend you take the deep plunge, and rediscover optimism via “Underwater”’s sweet, catchy vocals and infectious beat.
J. Simpson occupies the intersection between criticism, creativity, and academia. Based out of Portland, Or., he is the author of Forestpunk, an online journal/brand studying the traces of horror, supernatural, and the occult through music, fashion and culture. He plays in the dreamfolk band Meta-Pinnacle with his partner Lily H. Valentine, with whom he also co-founded Bitstar Productions, a visual arts collective focused on elevating Pop Culture to High Art.