Tor Miller - "Midnight" (video) (Premiere)

by Brice Ezell

9 March 2015

With sonic companions such as Billy Joel and Sam Smith, Tor Miller's brand of piano-centric pop casts a wistful and fond gaze upon New York City.

Tor Miller’s brand of piano pop will come naturally to those familiar with groups like Coldplay and Seabird, where the choruses are anthemic as they are catchy. In Miller’s case, though, there’s the added dimension of his native New York City. His experience in the city, which is reflected in the lyrics to his songs, makes him out to be the 21st century answer to Billy Joel. As it turns out, this kind of piano-driven songwriting will always find a way to get by.

Below you can watch the black-and-white video to Miller’s “Midnight”, a true exemplification of his style. His drive as an artist and as a student of music (he is studying at New York University) rings clearly, both in his impassioned chorus vocal and the dramatic piano chords.
Miller tells PopMatters this about the making of the video: “Making the video was a freezing cold experience. I had a lot of fun but was certainly out of my comfort zone having to sing to my track blasting through the streets. But what’s so great about New York City is that nobody cares what’s going on and they’ve seen it all really, so I got left alone which was nice. Not too many people staring.”

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