Will Miles does not disappoint in his latest release, Away Into the Night. His almost haunting vocals are front and center for this collection of songs recorded at his home studio and mastered by JP Sanco with Eldorado Studios.
The opening song “All the Love You Need” has a melodic tone that is folky with just a bit of a blues feeling. The guitar piece that complements the vocals makes the piece flow nicely and seems like it could have been something dating back to soulful folk rock favorites of the ’60s. The pace is slow enough to appreciate the ease of the guitar heavy song.
This almost bluesy feel continues in “Baby Blue” where Miles lulls the listener with the smooth tone of his voice. The wispy quality pairs nicely with minimal guitar backing but the vocals are very much the star of the album. “Foolish Games” came very close to crossing over from the folk feel to more of a country twang, but just when it seemed to be going that way the vocals draw it back to a deep and soulful place. The styling of the album seems to be an overwhelmingly eclectic mix of a bit of everything.
Of all the songs, “Isabella” seemed to be the one that stood on its own as being a bit different in that it focused on some really nice guitar work. There were also some nice back-up vocals that highlighted the strong lead vocals as well which would lend easily to a live acoustic performance. “Sinking Sun” returned to the soulful folk music with a haunting reminder of untapped emotions. This too was a pretty timeless piece that could easily be a classic or a hit for today.
All of the songs except for the short instrumental end to the set shared one main feature, a great showcase for the vocal talents of Will Miles. His timeless voice and heartfelt lyrics left me wanting to hear more from this artist, I enjoyed how seamless the intermixing of the variety of his influences was. This is a sultry, slow moving album with many emotions and just enough of a mix of styles to keep the listener guessing.
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