Today Mini Miller — AKA Drew Miller, a 17 (!) year old musician and songwriter based in Ōtautahi, — shares her new single 'Early Bones'. This single is the first new music since her debut EP Tangerine Days.
Mini Miller’s new tune is filled with warm acoustic strums, plucked ukulele and expert vocal harmonies. Her songs document her salad days growing up in Aotearoa’s South Island. Miller has strong ties to the local music scene, working closely with Winegum Records and Mousey.
Reflecting on the track Miller responds “I am happy and relieved that people can finally listen to Early Bones. It's my metaphorical baby, and now it's grown up and ready for the world, and I'm ready for it to be out in the world too.”
'Early Bones' comes to our screens in its gorgeous video form, with an official video directed by Karin Yamasaki and was put together with support from NZ On Air Music.
"Making a puppet that flowed and tormented me was so fun and crazy that I couldn't say no when they brought up the idea," says Miller.
Inspired by the new wave of British soul singers, Early Bones is a modern take on classic Doo-wop, full of slapback gat, groovy bass, and emotive strings.
“I have changed a lot throughout my life and evolved into the person I am today,” says Miller. “However, there are still people who only remember me as I was when I was still in primary, intermediate and even the beginning of high school - Early Bones is about those old friends remembering me as I was. Remembering the early bones that went on to make up me and then facing who I am today as an adult.”
Early Bones was produced by Ōtautahi alt pop duo The Response, with Miller saying “it was my first time working and writing alongside producers. I was so lucky to work with Vic and Andy (The Response), who are the most friendly and amazing musicians. We spent weeks meeting up, writing and creating! The sound of Early Bones was influenced by the people I was listening to at the time, Joy Crooks, Oliva Dean, and Arlo Parks. I was enjoying a strong baselines with a groovy sound, which Vic and Andy nailed.”