Small Million is the collaboration of Portland native Malachi Graham and Los Angeles transplant Ryan Linder. You'd never guess from listening to the duo's music that Graham's musical sensibilities come from the world of country music and that her partnership with Linder is her first exposure to electronic-based music.
The dynamic between the pair seems to stem from their balance: Multi-instrumentalist Linder is the production perfectionist, creating sonic landscapes where Graham can be free to express her instincts through her powerful voice and lyrics, ultimately breaking beyond some of the structural paradigms or boundaries that the country singer-songwriter is used to.
“These songs sound really different from my other songs, even lyrically,” Graham explains. “These tracks are coming so from the gut... so writing lyrics for this is less of a longform puzzle that I really need to puzzle over, it’s kind of just what comes out, what’s inspiring me, and hopefully finding emotional veins—and less intellectual veins.”
The band’s sound seems to come so natural, which can be attributed to their creative mentality and how they approach songwriting, both bringing in ideas from different sides of the musical spectrum, revealing pieces of the puzzle to one another and how they might fit into the final production. The results are tunes with undeniable emotion and feel.
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