Milo Gore has already made a strong impression in 2020, and we still have half the year to go. Firstly, the singer-songwriter called for revolution with the punk-edged track ‘Jerry Can’. Then came ‘Green Eyes’, the head-thrashing belter of late-night liaisons, miscommunication and gut-wrenching heartache. Now, he has made it a hat-trick. New single ‘Eyeliner’, from Gore’s upcoming debut album ‘How Do You Cope While Grieving for the Living?’ is compelling, introspective and offers scope for a damn good sing-a-long.
“Gore’s raspy purr melds seamlessly with the delicate lilt of the female backing vocalist”
It is certainly the most pop-tinged of the aforementioned songs. The riffs that run throughout ‘Eyeliner’ are spirited and keep the sound bright without edging into saccharinity. Gore’s raspy purr melds seamlessly with the delicate lilt of the female backing vocalist in a style similar to Californian pop-rockers, Grouplove. “It’s time for you to live,” Gore howls with raw power, rough around the edges but certainly not lacking in sincerity.
Like a pan of boiling water, ‘Eyeliner’ has a gradual but intense building of ferocity that gives the track an arresting quality. What starts out as a simmering undercurrent of pain heats up to become charged with searing emotion, the outro bubbling over with desperation. Driving a sorrowful sway of the hips, the shuffling backbeat is paired with a guttural roar; it is a haunting combination.
“The sound builds and builds upon itself, a snowball of anguish”
Undeniably, it is the soul-baring depth of ‘Eyeliner’ that makes it the best of Gore’s releases this year. The sound builds and builds upon itself, a snowball of anguish – though it’s energetic groove prevents the melancholic lyrics from wallowing in self-pity. Gore has proven that he can balance darkness and profound emotion with engaging song-writing which makes the impending release of his debut album very exciting indeed.