If you hadn’t heard, 19-year-old newcomer Miloe has made a splash in the indie scene in recent months. Toward the end of October, the Congolese artist released Greenhouse, a laid-back 5-track EP; fans of SALES or UMO know the vibe. Miloe basks in the bliss of youth, and his music reflects it, making it perfect for sunny Sunday mornings. His latest single is a collaboration with Cavetown, called “Let Me Feel Low,” which exposes the other side of being young: pain of growing up. Listen below.
Bobby Kabeya has always fostered a love for music, and in 2017, he made his debut as Miloe. Kabeya’s parents met at their church choir and played a mix of reggae, rock ‘n’ roll, and R&B in his childhood home—from Congolese legends Papa Wemba and Lokua Kanza to Western icons Mariah Carey and Lionel Ritchie—and they signed him up for piano lessons early on. Then, at the age of eight, his family relocated to Minneapolis after his father was granted asylum.
Miloe has laid down roots for his career to flourish in the Twin Cities. He put on raucous basement shows and released his debut EP in spring 2018; the eponymous release was self-described as “sad boi music for all your events and occasions,” delivered with heaping amounts of melancholy. A few months later, Miloe upped the tempo on “Space and Time,” signaling a larger shift in his musicality—Kabeya wants to celebrate.
From start to finish, Greenhouse is a delightful, nostalgic jaunt, reinforcing memories of love and friendship from long ago until they are eternal. The guitar-reliant single “Motorola” was its joyful precursor; you can hear Kabeya smile as he sings, “Long drive down to California/Little Rock, I want a baby mama.” Not to mention, on Miloe’s 2020 EP, “Change Your Mind” and “Marna” contain earworm melodies that keep his name top of mind.
With “Let Me Feel Low,” Miloe seems to return to melancholy. Cavetown lends his blue singer-songwriter aesthetic to the single, and Miloe joins him in a slightly different hue. “I don’t want to feel fine,” the British collaborator sings, joined by only an acoustic guitar at the start. Eventually, synthesizers enter in layers to erode the track’s loneliness. Miloe’s verse provides relief—it’s OK to give up on hiding your feelings. When you let it out, life becomes just a tiny bit easier.
by: Zoë Elaine