Sean Miller spent the last four years playing and touring with his band The Real Ingredients, but now — after just as long crafting these solo songs — he is releasing his debut solo record. Everywhere I Roam covers as much ground as its title promises.
With bouncy jaunts passing the baton to heavier, steadier explorations, Everywhere I Roam is a collection of hit tracks with country flair and an alt-folk care for imagery. Nature pervades — as setting and metaphor — as Miller takes on themes of relationships, holding steady in the face of adversity, and nostalgia.
“Canned Peaches” find richness with a steady wash of sound and softer vocals, but Miller knows and proves that this kind of heavy passion can also boil over, as on the raw emotion of “Everywhere I Roam”, which showcases his vocal versatility. Here, Sean Miller lets his underlying sense of rock and roll energy out.
sThe highlight of this record, like so much of it, comes in juxtaposition. “Fly On” finds intricate guitar lines rubbing against poetic images. “The big river splits the tent city / looking up to the sky,” Miller sings as the percussion snaps onwards. The final track, “Oh Red Star”, is bouncy and celebratory. This song evokes ideas of live performance and sing-a-longs. Optimistic and encompassing, the resounding sound of the future is heard here.