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Ben Millburn - "I'll Go" (audio) (premiere)

“I’ll Go” doesn’t so much progress as creep forward, spidery guitar ricocheting off Ben Millburn’s howl.

“I’ll Go” doesn’t so much progress as creep forward, spidery guitar ricocheting off Ben Millburn’s howl. “Unsettling” is almost too easy of a way to describe the song — it’s downright chilly, like if Kurt Vile’s weirdest stuff was even more glacial and empty. Its folksy guitar is less down-home friendliness and more tumbleweedy desert, no life around for miles. It’s dark, it’s desolate, and — most importantly — those two things combine to make a compelling song.

“I remember the afternoon that I wrote ‘I’ll Go,’” says Millburn. “I had just driven to Austin from Dallas and I could feel something bubbling up. I had about 20 minutes before I was getting picked up to go somewhere so I grabbed my guitar and played the song pretty much in its final form. My favorite ones seem to come out that way.”

Local Honey drops August 26th.


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