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For the truly creative artist, perfection can never be achieved for more than a fleeting moment. Painting the ultimate landscape or writing the definitive song inevitably redefines perfection, pushing the standard of what might be possible next time a little higher, a little closer to what was once considered impossible. Every Miracle Mile album since their debut offering, ‘Bicycle Thieves’ in 1997, has included songs, which, at the time, redefined the limits of what the perfect song might be. This compilation includes eighteen of them.
The cuts were selected not so much to provide a simple ‘Best Of’, as to create a sustained listening experience in which each track flows naturally into the next. It would be easy to quibble with the omissions, but only a fool would deny that the tracks chosen fit together like pieces of a much-loved jigsaw, depicting an aspect of Miracle Mile that none of the seven individual albums could hope to deliver.
On most Miracle Mile songs, the primary elements – melody and lyrics – are provided by songwriter and singer Trevor Jones. For the past seven years however, Jones has a worked so closely with multi-instrumentalist and co-composer Marcus Cliffe, that his contributions have become integral to the sound and shape of the music they make. Whether it’s the yearning regret of ‘Yuri’s Dream’, or the playful lyricism of ‘Sunburst Finish’, the Jones-Cliffe partnership transforms each song into much more than the sum of its parts.
When Jones captures the bottled lightning of everyday existence with a beautiful turn of phrase, Cliffe colours in the word pictures with unfailingly apposite textures and melodic filigrees. Best of all though, Miracle Mile will never sink a fang into the jugular when they can plant a whisper of a kiss on that sensitive spot at the nape of the neck and set off a tiny ripple that will, in the fullness of time, explode in the heart.
|01 yuri’s dream|
|03 lights of home|
|05 heels for dust|
|06 sunburst finish|
|08 walking john wayne|
|09 five points of light|
|10 milk moustache|
|11 blue sea white dog|
|13 love letters and long goodbyes|
|14 paper planes and ponytails|
|17 the dust will shape your sins|