Singer song­writer Jordan Mil­lar mines such uni­ver­sal themes as heart­break, change and pain in his search for mean­ing­ful lyrics

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Part of a gen­er­a­tion de­fined by bright eyes and itchy feet, 27-year-old Jordan Mil­lar is fig­ur­ing out how to sus­tain sat­is­fac­tion. The in­die mu­si­cian re­leased his de­but al­bum Cold Lights on Cu­ri­ous Minds last year.

Two big tours fol­lowed be­fore Mil­lar called time out.

“I also play a lot of gui­tar for other people so I was sur­rounded by mu­sic,” he says.

“Some­times you have to step back to fig­ure out if you still en­joy it. Ob­vi­ously, I am.”

The singer-song­writer used his time off to re­flect on what makes his heart beat faster.

Mil­lar penned these feel­ings on to The Wheel — a stripped­back, at­mo­spheric EP which he re­leased in Fe­bru­ary.

The first line on track one, If Only, cap­tures his long­ing for de­pend­able hap­pi­ness: “If only life was a wine you could drink up all the time/ and never feel bad the next day.”

“It’s funny, our gen­er­a­tion has a con­stant dis­sat­is­fac­tion. We al­ways need more. We al­ways want change,” he says.

“We have all the choices in the world. But we still don’t know what we want to do.”

Mil­lar mines heart­break and pain for mean­ing­ful lyrics.

“I think I’m at a good point. The songs come more in­tensely than they used to,” he says.

“Un­hap­pi­ness is eas­ier to write about. Miss­ing people, that’s a uni­ver­sal prob­lem.”

Mil­lar plays with a per­cus­sion­ist at his Coast show.

Jordan Mil­lar, Bree De Rome and Calan Mai play The Loft on Chevron Is­land to­mor­row night.

Jordan Mil­lar

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