August 28, 2007

The Lightning Bug Situation: A Leaf; A Stream

Brian Miller is 50% of The Speakers and he has just released his new album A Leaf; A Stream using The Lightning Bug Situation as his nom de plume. The other half of The Speakers, Peter Musselman is on the album, together with lots of other people called Miller (yes, they are related) and his wife Nancy and his baby girl Franny making a racket in the background. Brian Miller and Peter Musselman both played the trombone in high school and when they met again in college, they "began writing and recording quiet, experimental, folky pop songs, some 400 in all, not all of them good."

The Lightning Bug Situation: A Leaf; A Stream

A Leaf; A Stream is a highly personal album with great song titles like The Unhappy Robot Version of Me vs. Coldplay and Hitting's Not Very Effective When You Don't Have Much Of A Punch. Miller digs deep, so deep it might hurt. His lyrics are sublime with subtle arrangements. It's a well tempered sounding record about things going awry and getting back on your feet after being knocked down. If Roger Waters decided to make an indie record, this would be his blueprint.

One more thing: one of Miller's fans thinks that A Leaf: A Stream is the soundtrack for the SF movie Solaris. He has set up a fan page to tell the world about his theory. He is, of course, dead wrong.

Buy A Leaf; A Stream.

» thespeakers.info/aleafastream.html
» myspace.com/thespeakerssf

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