Photo by Crystal Lee Farris
The music Taryn Miller makes under the name Your Friend revels in odd juxtapositions. “Heathering”–from her debut album Gumption, out January 29 via Domino–seems to suspend in mid-air while also covering a lot of stylistic ground. The looping, fingerpicked guitar melody points towards her love of folk music, but the song builds to a buzzing, experimental crescendo. Miller blended a lot of found sounds into the record, like a creek near her home in Lawrence, Kansas and even the hum of her fridge. “Sound is so deeply linked to your memory and sense,” she told Consequence of Sound, “so I can listen to these field recordings and remember the way I was standing.” It’s a uniquely personal texture, but open-ended enough to draw you in for a closer listen. Download “Heathering” below.