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Reece Milton - Single Review: Ms Mona Lisa

23 Oct 2022 // A review by Gaby Ivanov-Giraldo

Born in Wellington, and raised in Nelson, Reece Milton is a singer songwriter and guitarist who’s recently earned a recording contract with Antipodes Records, and management with StudioBox Creative. Finding licks that match indie rock influence, pop and a bit of jazz, Reece has created a new single which follows the success of his debut. His tracks are guitar driven, versatile and easy grooves to listen to. Reece's debut Once in a Lifetime was recorded at StudioBox and produced by Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers and Melanie C).

I mean honestly, if you've released your fourth single in three years with acclaim; you’re doing alright! Being able to produce, and stay relevant simultaneously is definitely ambitious. Reece is coming up with new content as we speak, and this week’s release Ms Mona Lisa is what he’s got for us.

Ms Mona Lisa is the newest single coming off his album Elixir. This song’s theme celebrates the weirdly satisfying escape from love pains and heartbreak. When you’ve been lonely, finding someone adventurous is a thrill worth going wild for. Yet, the absence of pain can be as bittersweet as falling in the first place. Mona Lisa is a character that’s probably more notorious than anything; she’s got the power to hurt you. So… what do musicians do!? Write a song about it!

Reece’s vocals and lyricism have a seductive grasp on his audience within moments. The hook's built to capture you, and perhaps entice a familiar feeling. Ah, popular music right!? The airy tone felt through his vocals are a fond feature, blending well with the watery guitar notes that opened the track.

You can't isolate the style of Reece's voice from the band anymore, he's created familiarity which is hugely important for a young artist. Influenced by John Mayer, James Bay and artists like Ruel. He creates lyrics of being pushed to the edge and finally finding peace which no doubt resonates with many. Reece is planning to tour Australia and New Zealand in 2022 and 2023 with fellow Antipodes Records artist Nathan Foley. Ms Mona Lisa offers us fresh content right before a new chapter!

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )

About Reece Milton

With a mind plagued by constant hooks, phrases and riffs, Reece Milton was born with a virtuoso ability as a guitarist and song writing was a natural progression for him from day one. His unique ability to craft lyrics that are mostly based on themes instead of real events gives his listeners licence to develop their own response to them and his guitar solos are the stuff air guitar dreams are made of.

Born in Wellington and raised in Nelson, Reece Milton is a New Zealand singer/songwriter and guitarist. Reece developed his passion and skill for music and song writing at high school and through his involvement in Smokefree Rockquest, of which his band won regional heats in 2018. In that same year Reece won a competition to have his song Once in a Lifetime recorded at StudioBox and produced by the legendary welsh producer Greg Haver (of Manic Street Preachers and Melanie C fame). This experience resulted in him being offered a recording contract with Antipodes Records and a management contract with StudioBox Creative.

Reece released his debut single Once in a Lifetime in 2019 and has since followed up in 2020 with singles Atmosphere and Take My Hand and Take It Easy all with accompanying music videos.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Reece Milton


Year: 2022
Type: Album

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