A platinum-selling art/pop star in her native Australia, Kate Miller-Heidke confidently returns with Nightflight, her third studio album that smitten critics have described as "a masterpiece" and "clever, insightful and revealing." Boasting an dramatic, adult-focused sound -- more art than pop -- and a diverse and thoughtful collection of songs written with her husband Keir Nuttall, the successor to her breakout '09 album Curiouser has drawn comparisons with the works of Kate Bush in its sophisticated production, panoramic pop/opera vocals and soul-bearing lyrical edge. "Nightflight is definitely a more vulnerable and exposed record than anything I’ve done before," says Miller-Heidke. "If Curiouser was a playful, dysfunctional adolescent, Nightflight is more like a damaged, melancholy person in her late 20s. With Nightflight, we wanted something darker and more organic, more beautiful and more expansive."
That Night-vision is clearly displayed on "The Tiger Inside Will Eat the Child", a delicately woven, gloriously melodic song that evolves from subdued chamber folk to radiant pop choruses and dense layers of jangling guitars. Album opener "Ride This Feeling", meanwhile, is a generous slice of Sarah McLachlan-esgue adult pop that bursts out of the gate on a propulsive backbeat and never looks back. But our favorite is the epic, elaborately-tailored title track about the mind-numbing "purgatory" of long-distance air travel and the "melancholy, bittersweet feeling of leaving loved ones behind" Heidke-Miller observes is at the core of the lyrics.
Kate Miller-Heidke - "The Tiger Inside Will Eat the Child" (from Nightflight)
Kate Miller-Heidke - "Ride This Feeling" (from Nightflight)