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Music / March 31, 2021

Rainy Miller is sparring with grief in ‘Meridian, 1520’

Rainy Miller by Tom McKeen
Music / March 31, 2021

Rainy Miller is sparring with grief in ‘Meridian, 1520’

Words: Dylan Murphy

Watch the new video from the Preston multi-hyphenate, shot in a gym in his hometown.

Rainy Miller is the UK underground’s secret weapon. Whether he is touring with Gus Dapperton, producing new-age ambient drill for some of the mainland’s most exciting acts, providing crooning vocals of his own or releasing eclectic anthems through his own label Fixed Abode, the Prestonian doesn’t rest.

Today, he’s released new visuals for ‘Meridian 1520′, reaffirming his commitment to reclaiming outdated notions of northern satellite towns being devoid of culture.

Landing ahead of his new EP ‘Choreographed Interruption’, which provides an insight into how he handled grief with his father, the project is also influenced by a choreographed performance undertaken by 32 different bus drivers at Preston’s most renowned landmarks – its bus station.

“Meridian, 1520 was birthed when we’re on tour in Brighton. The song name is borrowed from the film Paris, Texas by Wim Wenders. Meridian, 1520 is the hotel address in which the child is returned to his long lost mother by his father”, Rainy Miller says.

Touching on ideas of absolution of the past and letting go, the song represents the ongoing battle many of us have with ourselves.

“The video for Meridian, 1520” serves as the battle of self when dealing with love and loss, and this is shot in the Preston Gracie Barra gym, the video depicts a sea of people sparring and fighting but is littered with good gestures with no ill intent, it is the perfect setting for the metaphor of that battle of forgiving and letting live, but also fighting with the grievances you may feel. It was shot using a friend of mine from home who I have been around since I was four years old so the contextual link to home is ever so strong, and even if all the context exists solely for me, it still exists.”

Watch the video for ‘Meridian, 1520’ below:

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