New Audio: Austin’s Josie Lockhart Releases a Shimmering Meditation on Life and the Afterlife

Aaron Miller is an Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter and musician. Miller is perhaps best known for being one of three frontmen for the Austin-based synth pop act Sphynx, an act that has played festival sets at Austin City Limits and SXSW — and they’ve played shows with the likes of Walk The Moon, Imagine Dragons, Jungle and Questlove. Sphynx has also been featured by NPR, USA Today, Fuse TV, Dallas Observer, Austin American-Statesman, Austin 360 and several others across both the States and the European Union. And adding to a growing profile, the trio’s single “Shadow” was featured in the series finale of Nashville.

Miller has decided to step out into the limelight as a solo artist with his latest project Josie Lockhart. Interestingly, Josie Lockhart is a sonic departure from Miller’s best known work with the project finding the Austin-based singer/songwriter crafting a sound that draws from indie rock, psychedelia and Americana. Miller’s Josie Lockhart full-length debut Santa Rosa is forthcoming — but in the meantime, the album’s third and latest single “If There’s A Heaven” is centered around shimmering guitars, a propulsive rhythm section and a soaring hook. The end result is a song that sonically sounds like a synthesis of 80s New Wave and Psychic Ills‘ gorgeous and jangling Inner Journey Out.

The song’s verses and vocal hook points out that much of life’s beautiful and important moments are fleeting while the chorus finds its narrator wondering if there’s an afterlife that where we can reunite with our loved ones.