Milly “Talking Secret” is dark and present

“Talking Secret” by Milly is a dark and brooding piece released on Dangerbird Records. Big drum sounds and slowly melodically overdriven and chorus lined guitar tones support a soft vocal performance. Milly would be right at home with Philadelphia rockers Superheaven or Title Fight. Listening to “Talking Secret” really feels like the world is ending in slow motion, the vibe is a muggy summer night or a cold fall night as the leaves are dying. This song has me nostalgic for late night car rides in October in the northeast. Though Milly is now based in Los Angeles now the artist is originally from Connecticut. Check out this dark track and read press notes below where it is compared to a dirge which I feel is not so far off. Really excited to hear what else Milly comes out with as this is perfect for my taste.


Milly is a rock band from Los Angeles fronted by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brendan Dyer. Their sound melds together elements of classic shoegaze, slowcore, and lo-fi indie rock, coalescing into an intense, singular musical impression. Milly began as Dyer’s home recording project in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut before finally taking its current formation as a live band in Los Angeles.

“Talking Secret,” Milly’s A-side single for Dangerbird Records’ Microdose monthly music series, finds the band in peak form. A lurching drum beat sets the song into motion as Dyer’s voice rides along a tidal wave of fuzzed-out guitars, gently uttering “With one look, I’ll fall apart. I’ll take the hook out of the shark.” Across its duration “Talking Secret” vacillates between torrential downpour and ominously restrained dirge, reminiscent of both the dense guitar landslides of classic Smashing Pumpkins and the creaking tension of Codeine.

Milly’s B-side single “Crazy Horse” is a more introspective, sentimental affair. A strange, woozy drum machine beat provides the foundation for layers of acoustic guitar and piano that swirl around Dyer’s reflective vocal delivery. The song retains that signature Milly creep while unveiling an emotional earnestness that recalls Built To Spill and Yo La Tengo in their most vulnerable moments.

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