"Never thought I'd be living/In Baltimore," growls ROGER MILLER in his latest single, "Big Steam." Don't worry, the Mission of Burma guitarist didn't just pack up and leave for Maryland, though given how well the Orioles are playing this year (and how shit the Red Sox have been), we wouldn't necessarily blame him.
The track, released today digitally and via 7-inch off Brian Coleman's freshly-minted Good Road Recordings, is "based on a dream I had in 1992," Miller says, adding: "It ends with my finding myself living in Baltimore, hence the end chorus. Throughout the entire piece, a fork is intertwined between the six guitar strings, creating a bouncing, shimmering sound. The vocals were done in one take."
It's a rare vocal and guitar solo outing from Miller, and the Will C.-directed video, posted above and also released today, visually conveys the song's non-traditional construct. The new tunes find Miller co-writing and co-producing with his Birdsongs of the Mesozoic bandmate and Berklee College of Music professor Michael Bierylo, and features the Binary System's Larry Dersch on drums and Brian Arnold on multi-tracked French horn.
"Big Steam," says Miller, is "a deliberate sonic referencing of Pink Floyd's Piper At The Gates Of Dawn.
Mission of Burma released their latest record, Unsound, back in July. Stream "Big Steam" and the b-side, the instrumental "Dream Interpretation," via the label's Soundcloud below.