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Toeing a line between emotional intensity and light-hearted humor is important to Milo Greene, because they’ve never really had the chance to take a breath. Their first, self-titled album exploded onto the indie scene in 2012. “It happened extremely fast,” Marlana says. “We played two shows and a bidding war happened.” (Their gorgeous, transcendent music soon appeared in everything from Grey’s Anatomy to Supernatural.) In this sense, Adult Contemporary refers not just to their reinvention of a genre, but it’s also a signpost of the band maturing.
Robbie and Graham met when in Los Angeles, where they were introduced to Marlana. After penning the honeyed, harmonious “Autumn Tree,” they knew they were onto something.
The fact that their fluid structure still works makes the band somewhat of a unicorn. Says Graham, “There has never been a set dynamic.” It’s just the three of them, figuring it out, song by song. Their output is, to varying degrees, a sum of their parts.
They worked hard to make that serendipity last. In 2011, Milo Greene would get standing ovations opening for The Civil Wars. “That tour was really eye-opening. We knew we were doing something special,” Graham says. Before long, they were playing Letterman and Leno and Conan.
Their first single “Move,” celebrates simplicity in great musicianship, cleverly building texture and space through layers of melodic guitars and a driving bass line.
Much of the album became a vehicle for exploring the spectrum of emotions adult contemporary could elicit. For instance, the slow-burning “Worth the Wait,” in which their voices melt together into a sweeping chorus, could easily double as a country jam. “That one was the most difficult song to figure out,” Marlana says. “It took on different shapes, until we redid the chorus with Bill to make it sound anthemic.”
Years ago, when they wrote “Autumn Tree,” Milo Greene had a collective gut feeling that their experiment was going to work. That instinct returned—but only after five years of touring, one lost band member, and countless moments of almost breaking up. “The past two years have been great,” says Robbie. “Through that process, we’ve come up with our best work.” Adult Contemporary may be their third album, but in many senses, it’s their second debut.