As the global climate turns sour, and things look dire it is important to stay grounded. Music, good pure music helps with this. And, in the case of Pete Miller, audiences can find this grounding in his debut single A Light Out There. An artist who prides himself on signing traditional, and contemporary folk style songs that appeal to the working class, a light Out There provides the spirit of the indie-folk movement. This Dylanesque offering is a classic strum that keeps the momentum ever moving forward, much in the way a good Country Western song would but without all the other instrumentation accompanying it. A Light Out There is a freedom song of sorts, whereas the artist is not worried about delivering perfect performance, the signing may veer in and out of key and time, yet the message the lyrics carry convey passion and grit to the chosen subject matter. This quasi-folk anthem delivers authenticity to the genre with the subtle tension he creates throughout each cadence. This resolution of the tension is only accomplished through the conclusion of the narrative, in which Peter Miller takes him time to arrive at. This long narrative, with the track just shy of the five-minute mark, does not take time for instrumental breakdowns or flamboyant guitar solos. The artist here has a story to tell, and we are all the better for it.
Pete Miller captures the true essence of writing a song for the working class. The no-nonsense approach reaches right to the spirit of what it is to toil in a factory, a mine, or a construction yard. A Light Out There is a song I can drink a beer to after a long day’s work, and feel proud that I contributed to the overall goal of raising a family and building a better life. As per Peter’s bio, I feel captures the true ideal of what this artist is all about: “Pete’s brand of music is raw, unpolished and unfiltered.” So I cannot comment much on the overall production aspect of this track, the voice is clear, the lyrics ring out allowing the audience to form a connection with the artist, and the strumming guitar offers the rhythm and subtle melody which accompanies the narrative. A Light Out There would be perfect on any college, middle-of-the-road, or classic rock commercial radio format. It is a song that may not appeal to the younger generation, but to a populous who understands putting in a good day’s work.