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Renee Millner - Single Review: Not OK

07 Oct 2022 // A review by Hannah Jane

New Zealand based Australian singer-songwriter Renee Millner has an ethereal voice that carries a gentle strength through the bars of a rhyme in a way that brings otherworldly artists Annie Lennox, Sinead O’Connor, and Dolores O’Riordan to mind like kindred spirits.

Within moments of hearing her new single Not OK, Renee whispers something beautifully familiar in my ear, and her melodies carry me away somehow to Scottish Highlands I have never seen before.

I love songs that let you get lost within its embrace - like a lyrical balm for the soul.

This is that kind of song.

Not OK feels like a reassuring hug from a best friend when your world’s falling apart – telling you everything will be alright when all you can see is doubt.

Recorded with Sam Johnson of Rhythm Ace Studios and mastered by Chris Chetland, Not OK’s plaintive lyrics are thoughtfully entwined with dreamy layers of vocals, guitar and piano that add to the song’s wistfully reflective tone.

“Love is all we have in this game”

With fragility and grace, it is an empathetic soul who wrote this lyric – sensitively written words offering those who listen a sense of comfort and understanding… a breath of fresh air in a world of uncertainty.

Speaking of songwriting, Renee says “Part of the inspiration came from focusing on what really matters - the loved ones in your life. It’s also a reminder that you never really know what others are going through, so to move through the world with awareness and kindness.”

I have been listening to Renee’s Not OK on repeat since I first heard it and look forward to doing the same with her upcoming EP Fly Me Back which will be released later this month.

Renee writes and sings as a compassionate wanderer of this world like some kind of Earth Angel, and it seems to me we could really do with more folk like her in this game we call life.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Renee Millner

Fly Me Back is the latest single from Taranaki-based artist, Renee Millner, released on March 31st. Accompanied by a lyric video, the single explores what it means to turn away from dark thoughts and emotions, and find the way back to a healthier place of curiosity and vitality rather than judgement and languor.

As Renee says in discussing the track’s meaning, “The point is that sometimes we feel like we’re in the grip of something dark and malignant, when really it’s us that’s doing the gripping. And if, in those moments, we can release our hold, we create room for lighter, healthier things to enter.”

The single follows on from February’s emotive Out Their Windows, a song written in 2020 themed around the need to maintain connectedness in a pandemic world of limited social contact.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Renee Millner

Releases

Fly Me Back
Year: 2022
Type: EP
In The World
Year: 2018
Type: EP

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Renee Millner - EP Review: Fly Me Back
27 Oct 2022 // by Hannah Jane
Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of reviewing New Zealand based Australian singer-songwriter Renée Millner’s single Not OK, and much to my delight I have been listening to her EP Fly Me Back over and over ever since. The five songs contained within this album all carry a gentle strength both lyrically and melodically, and the music surrounding them is truly lovely.
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