Written by Caleb Oldham
Miserable Chillers is the solo project of Miguel Gallego, the frontman of The Dicktations and a founding member of Drug Pizza. Where Gallego’s other projects tend to resemble a release of fuzz-drenched energy packaged in a stomping rock n’ roll song, Miserable Chillers is a more reflective, midi-acoustic venture. David Bowie once said that he could never write music for himself, only the characters that he had invented. I’m not sure if Miserable Chillers is a character or just a place for Gallego to put his homemade experiments, but his songwriting here is as strong as, if not stronger than, his main projects.
Miserable Chillers’ newest release “Silvery” is a ballad of sorts, complete with synthesizers and a drum machine, gorgeous vocal harmonies, and a feeling that something has passed. Since the Bowie comparison has already been made, “Silvery” almost sounds like an antithesis to “Heroes” — while the latter gets its triumphant momentum from what could be, the former reflects on beautiful moments which have already been.
Listen to more of Miserable Chillers on SoundCloud.