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listen hear! Song of the Day: Old 97's Rhett Miller previews new solo album with "Go Through You"

EBRU YILDIZ

listen hear!  spotlights a song we like and think you will too.

"Try listening to this song without smiling. Good luck.” - Rhett Miller

Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller has shared the bouncy dream-pop new song “Go Through You." It’s the second preview from his upcoming 8th solo album, The Misfit, after “Following You Home.” The new 11-song collection was co-written and produced by Miller’s Hudson Valley, NY neighbor Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby, Sharon Van Etten, Danger Mouse) and continues their musical partnership that began on 2018’s The Messenger.

Rhett shared: “Every songwriter has a favorite skin they inhabit, a story they tell over and over again. For decades I’ve been writing from the perspective of a sad sack loser, a ‘broken guy.’ He isn’t who I am in real life, but for whatever reason when I sit down to write a song I often become him, picking at old wounds, bemoaning my perceived victimization. The funny thing is that he’s, well, funny. I wouldn’t want to be the sad clown in real life, but thanks to songs like ‘Go Through You,’ I don’t have to.” “For the production on ‘Go Through You,’ Sam Cohen created a sonic world adjacent to Jeff Lynne’s work with Traveling Wilburys. I’m in love with the sounds he came up with. It’s all the things – hooky, bouncy, bubbly, catchy… Try listening to this song without smiling. Good luck.”
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