The scheme of “In the Order of Appearance” gives way to its sentimentality, as B. Miles navigates honoring the past while trying to occupy the present.
Stream: “ In order of appearance ” – B. Miles
When Brenna Miles – officially known by her stage name, B. Miles – was anticipating the release of her debut album, she probably never imagined its release in the midst of a global pandemic. She hadn’t released any music since 2017, her eponymous EP, and only played concerts every now and then and mostly in her New York home. And yet, in a global pandemic, B. Miles did just that: his debut album, In order of appearance, was released on October 16 via Moon Crawl Records.
In order of appearance finds B. Miles while browsing topics that, even more nowadays, feel highly relevant and accessible. The album is dripping with nostalgia, as B. Miles’ soulful vocal cadences and lush group performances feel utterly fresh but familiar. In order of appearance capitulates to his own sentimentality, curating a tale that thrills from start to finish.
The album opens with a quick instrumental intro, “6 a.m,“Before jumping into her first single,”Worst ennemy. “The Worst Enemy” ode to sanity and dealing with your own dark thoughts. Through his passionate singing, B. Miles elucidates what it is like to be the victim of his mind when he tries to push the conviction that things are much worse than they are. “The worst enemy” longs for respite; it also immediately launches listeners into the album and its other relevant themes.
Listen to: “The Worst Enemy” – B. Miles
After “Worst Enemy” comes “Twice as much to loseA song that basically echoes its predecessor and aims to obscure dark thoughts with a fake-it-you-do-it-yourself mentality. With his big licks on the guitar, “Twice as Much to Lose” dances in the darkness with blissful ignorance, as B. Miles claims “feel good. The song becomes familiar by simply covering up the evil and emphasizing the finesse of the feeling.
The second single from the album, “Waste of time (New York)Serves as a love letter to B. Miles’ hometown, reminiscent of city walks, slot machines and mosh pits. “Wasting Time” highlights the good, the bad and the ugly that are synonymous with Big Apple – there really is no place like it. B. Miles illustrates these things unique to New York and all of their New York-ness while examining her own place in urban sprawl, both lamenting her for her harshness and thanking her for her life lessons. “Wasting Time” sees B. Miles win, conquering this monster with confidence, with still so much to learn.
Listen to: “Wasting Time (New York)” – B.Miles
As In order of appearance reaches its midpoint, listeners can feel the category shifts that B. Miles experiences in real time. The halfway song, “[email protected],Which also serves as the album’s third single, therefore finds B. Miles navigating insomnia, intrusive thoughts and banality. “[email protected]” goes through the movements of a disenchanted life, emphasizing assumptions and desires to go beyond the mundane and be better. It follows on from previous songs on the album, while also gearing up for what’s to come.
“Collect souvenirs,The next track is brimming with emotion and nostalgia as B. Miles sings about ancient hometowns and old yellow houses, and the abstract things these physical places represent. “Collecting Souvenirs” oozes reminiscence for simpler moments from the past that have since been marred by time. And yet these pockets of memories continue to live on over the years, nurtured by memories, stories, and other intangible jokes. “Collecting Souvenirs” bides its time with cordial gratitude, as B. Miles beautifully illustrates desire with heartfelt storytelling.
B. Miles captivates as a storyteller, using her sultry voice to enhance the unique depth of each song. At “Crickets,” it “made a pit stop in memoriesAnd put the blame on those who caused the negativity. “Crickets” mentions that some of these things are “more … than [she] can take a shower, “ but, even still, the person to whom she points the finger is also “the lozenge that can cure a cough. Similar to other songs on the album, the song pays homage to a rosy nostalgia while also acknowledging some of the damaging mental health effects that have planted their roots.
The scheme of In order of appearance gives in to his sentimentality, as B. Miles navigates honoring the past while trying to occupy the present. Planting as a harbinger of reflection, In the order of appearance serves as a memory of lives once lived – and all the growth, pain, and learning that come with it. B. Miles is the perfect storyteller of this memoir, describing these anecdotes with glorious enthusiasm and poignant envy.
As the album enters its final three songs, that sentimentality remains in the foreground. “Worn thin,The eighth track, denotes the feeling that a relationship has come to the end of its rope; in one of the first lines, B. Miles croons: “I thought I could change you.She then admits feeling exhausted, wishing things would improve. There are things shrouded in secrecy; things that can beyond the point of reconciliation.
“Footprint,The next track, recalls a similar nostalgia found in “Collecting Souvenirs,” commemorating times of sunny days by the beach – tender times that, as they happened, didn’t seem to become so important. that they would eventually become did. Those fleeting instances that seem insignificant are the ones we cling to forever. We are the sum of our experiences and memories, and we are built on what these things have given us.
The album’s closing song, “Quarter haircut,»Are faithful to the philosophy of the album, completing it with confidence and panache. In it, B. Miles explains wanting to slow down time and make the most of the moment. Thinking too much about the future can be overwhelming, and learning to take advantage of the present is essential. For an album that is dripping with so many reminiscences, it’s a sobering reminder to dwell too much on the past or the future or something other than the now can be unhealthy.
In order of appearance may serve as a feature debut for B. Miles, but it certainly feels matured.
Her talent for mixing moving stories with beautiful instrumental arrangements and her haunting voice – which sometimes seems to serve as an additional instrument itself – just show that there is still so much to come from the young singer. In order of appearance feels completely rounded and serves as a nice reminder to enjoy all the things life has to offer.
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