SINGLE REVIEW: With the jazz-pop lead single ‘Tired Eyes’, Miles Goodall shows us that upcoming his EP will be a special one.


Straight off the block: Miles Goodall and his band, known as ‘The Love handles’, deliver a mature and plaintive jazz-pop masterpiece as lead single for upcoming EP Close to Okay. 

“Passion and character embellishes introspective lyrics about tirelessly grafting to grow”

A brooding clav keys part dances around with clean guitar bends and a funky drum groove. Goodall’s vocals are iconic; with passion and character that embellishes introspective lyrics about tirelessly grafting to grow. We are smoothly taken through a verse and pre chorus before being introduced to the insanely catchy pop hook. Backing vocals flow in and rhythmic instruments push us around, from side to side, like intrusive thoughts. 

“Melancholic expressions dictate the delicate balance between the passion and frustration an artist feels towards the music industry”

Tired Eyes is a timeless tale of the self-doubting artist. Melancholic lyrics dictate the delicate balance between the passion and, in equal parts, frustration an artist feels towards the music industry. Goodall, and his band ‘The Love Handles’, have been working together since 2018 and have achieved regional success in the UK and across Europe. Their songs, so deliberately well written and relatable can catch any listeners attention: crafted to feel like it’s just for them. Exploring jazzy excitement within the music, Tired Eyes incorporates complex rhythmic jabs and improvised guitar solos, whilst maintaining the accessibility of a timeless pop tune. Sparkly, professional production courtesy of Christoph Skirl (Tom Misch, Yussef Dayes, Dornik) aids in making Goodall’s debut release an instant favourite.

“Miles Goodall’s exploration of a turmoil mind creates a stunning and catchy piece of work”

Miles’ upcoming record Close To Okay is the culmination of sleepless nights, working days, weekday hangovers and those famous jazz cigarettes, and as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, challenges the idea that straight love sells. A unique and underrepresented perspective on life and relationships, Miles Goodall’s exploration of a turmoil mind creates a stunning and catchy piece of work. 

Tired Eyes is out now with the Close to Okay EP following  in Autumn 2020.

9/10

Words by Jack Pritchard @jackpritchard_