Sam Miller - You Do You - Stereo Stickman

Sam Miller You Do You


There’s something badly wrong with this song. Very wrong.

How dare Sam Miller crowbar so much fun into something that only has a minute-long lifespan, just to end it all – just as I wanted it to fly further and higher – in a flurry of buzzing bass!

It reminds me of the sort of audacious track that Bernard Butler might have put on his debut solo album People Move On – if he’d only had the cojones to do so! Because, yes, it takes guts to air something like this.

Fair enough though, the video is merely a clip of the longer piece. The song kicks off with the kind of thumping drums and piano-y intro that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Beatles or early Bowie album. Then there are some female backing vocals, some acoustic guitars get themselves spanked, and THEN there’s some more bone-shattering bombast on the scale of ELO (at their most fearless) and just a bit of an edge to the lead vocal; which suggests that things could get dangerous if we’re not careful. It also sounds a bit like it could have been a track on REM’s Out of Time – were it not for the fluttering, whistle-y synth in the background.

Without wishing to get too meta about it all, Sam Miller is doing himself, and rather well – and hang the rest of us, as we should clearly be doing ourselves, too.

I have no idea what Miller set out to achieve with this – and care even less. It’s a big, brash mayfly of a tune, and makes its whopping great point before putting the cat out and turning off the lights. Epic, truncated fun!

Grab the project In One Place at a Time via Bandcamp. Find & follow Sam Miller on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram or visit his Website.

Chris Porter


As well as writing about music, Chris Porter is a songwriter, singer, producer & vocal coach. He has written for all manner of international artists, including Dagny, Dzeko, and hit the No.1 spot with Thailand’s Singto Numchok. His music has had thousands of placements on film, TV & radio all around the globe.

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