Canadian prairie songstress Shaela Miller recently shared a music video to accompany the exquisite storytelling single After the Masquerade.
Produced by Graham Lessard (Timbre Timbre, Stars), After the Masquerade is an evocative title track that emerges from a contemporary approach to country songwriting entwined with synth-driven new wave. Miller’s sound speaks to an authentic heritage with a fresh twist that embeds it firmly in the here and now.
After the Masquerade’s narrative lies in a haunted reliving of the unexpected events of a slumber party. Uneasily dreamy synthetic elements and hesitant, echoing drums form the foundation of the track, while wistfully dulcet country vocals set the scene.
Shaela compellingly conveys a sense of wide eyed innocence and enthrallment that soon turns to disenchantment as the night unfolds: “We were all made of stardust, I couldn’t take my eyes off you” / “I was warned but I forgot”.
A steel guitar joins the fray at the chorus, crying its own bittersweet melody. Heart flutters become gut pangs as poetic lyrics rich in symbolic imagery ruminate on disquieting moments of this night of starry eyed celebration gone wrong.
The night ends, as any other, but memories linger long after. Similarly, the song fades out but haunts the listener afterwards with its captivating beauty and pathos. After the Masquerade is a genuine treasure, showcasing a burgeoning artist on the ascent.