Taryn Miller is a Kansas-based songwriter who released her impressive debut album as Your Friend earlier this year. Gumption paired Beach House-style mysticism against an adventurous range of textures — some scratchy and creepy, others dreamy and romantic — but nothing quite as sonically bare as what was found on James Blake’s still relatively fresh The Colour In Anything. Yet Miller should consider minimizing more often, as her cover of Blake’s “Radio Silence” is absolutely stunning. She goes even further than the British songwriter to cultivate empty space, foregoing the original’s icy electronic flares for a simple backdrop of harmonies and a steady heartbeat, along with a creaking clock-tick undercurrent. She allows for enough breathing room to hold a whole extra minute on the original, but every second of it drifts forth dreamily and longingly. Listen below, and check out Your Friend’s upcoming tour dates with Kurt Vile.
08/05 Santa Fe, NM @ Ghost
08/06 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre w/ Kurt Vile
08/07 San Diego, CA @ The Whistle Shop
08/08 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
08/10 Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s w/ Kurt Vile
08/11 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place
08/15 Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl w/ Kurt Vile
08/16 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge w/ Kurt Vile
08/17 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
08/19 Omaha, NE @ O’Leaver’s
08/21 Maquoketa, IA @ Codfish Hallow Barn w/ Kurt Vile
Gumption is out now via Domino.