Last year, Miiesha left the entire country awestruck with her delicate, vulnerable storytelling on her debut collection of songs, titled Nyaaringu. Insightful and unwavering, Nyaaringu outclassed many albums by Miiesha’s senior contemporaries with its raw, demo-like sound, coupled with unfiltered themes of discrimination and marginalisation, but also strength and liberty. She followed that up this year with “Damaged”, a smooth and logical next step from Nyaaringu’s soulful R&B sound. It seemed like Miiesha had found her lane. Until today.
Miiesha’s new single “Made For Silence” released just hours ago is something else. Here, we see Miiesha walk out of the candlelit soul of her previous work, and jump straight into the middle of the dancefloor. Produced by LUCIANBLOMKAMP, speaker-shaking synths and a strutting bass bounce along as Miiesha sings of how she’s wilfully restrained herself in a show of maturity and intuition.
“My anger is not quiet/But I taught it to be still/My hunger is not mild/But I trained it not to kill/This mouth it could run wild/But I’ve shown it greater skill/My love beats louder still”.
It’s allegorical to Miiesha’s position in the Australian music scene, isn’t it? She’s never belting or boasting, and she’s never pushing to drown out the sound of anyone else. Instead, she remains dedicated with laser-sharp focus on evolving her own sound. In that way, even when her husky voice hits just above a whisper, she’s still the loudest in the room.
“I never want to be put in a box, and I want to make songs people might not expect from me,” Miiesha said of the song in a press statement. We can safely say, mission accomplished. “I love exploring new sounds and pushing that, pushing my voice. Life has so many moments and changes and emotions, so I want my music too as well.”
“Made For Silence” may be world’s apart from the sound of “Damaged”, but the two are thoroughly intertwined. In fact, the car that appears in the “Damaged” music video is the same one Miiesha is speeding down in the “Made For Silence” video.
“In ‘Damaged’ the car represented my grandmother who couldn’t carry my family forward anymore,” Miiesha said. Her grandmother features prominently in Nyaaringu. “And I had to leave them behind to focus on surviving this grief myself, before I can go back for them. In ‘Made for Silence’ I’m moving forward with what she left behind for me, she gave me that strength to carry on. I’m celebrating that strength and the connection we had.”
Miiesha recently told Refinery29 that the car in both videos is a conceptual tie to all her work in her forthcoming EPs. With such a diverse yet consistent one-two punch of “Damaged” and “Made For Silence”, I don’t see her making any wrong turns.
“Made For Silence” is out everywhere now.