Tor Miller is a singer-songwriter from New York City whose debut EP Headlights was released on 3rd February. Signed to the same record label as Mumford and Sons and Two Door Cinema Club, we should expect great things from the university student and his single Midnight certainly does not disappoint.
Midnight has already been played by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 as his hottest record and rightfully so. Tor Miller clearly possesses true talent with his raw, husky vocals and piano playing. No tricks needed to produce such a beautifully moving song. Midnight begins acoustically before the chorus hits with gentle backing vocals and a subtle beat. There is a gospel-like quality as the song honestly describes the less idealistic side of New York: “loud angry drunks and a few crust punks fill every crevice of St Marks, some things have changed since back then but the streets are still so hard” as well as the authentic heartbreak “upon the bridge there’s a broken heart, screaming to his valentine”.
The melody of Midnight is not dissimilar to that of British singer-songwriter Tom Odell. A sense of purity pervades Midnight as the music arrangement and the lyrics are combined perfectly. There is something rather magical about just a voice and a piano after all.
Tor Miller is a name to remember as, if this single is anything to go by, we will be hearing a lot more of him in the near future.