MILCK Can't and Won't Keep 'Quiet' on Acoustic Version of Viral Smash: Exclusive

Jimmy Fontaine
MILCK

Los Angeles-based singer MILCK is baring it all in a passionate, stripped-down version of her viral hit “Quiet” that first grabbed the public consciousness following a flash mob performance at the Women’s March on Washington in January and subsequent appearance on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

The latest iteration finds MILCK (ne√© Connie Lim) in her utmost comfort zone, as the classically-trained pianist is joined for an acoustic duet with longtime collaborator Rod Castro on guitar. While alternative versions have boasted an anthemic flare, this personal piece offers an intimate look at the raw power of Lim’s craft.

“‘Quiet’ symbolizes me shedding my skin,” Lim tells Billboard. “This song helped me shed myself from my old life that cycled around self-blame, shame, self-doubt, and the external forms of oppression that come with bigotry and traditional patriarchy.”

Lim acknowledges the song’s unifying, therapeutic effects and continues, “I'm sharing such a personal space with my listeners. Because I only care to go deep with my work, I'm grateful and touched that people are wanting to dive deep with me.”

The profound response to the “one-woman riot” has led to several positive outcomes both personal and global, including MILCK’s recent signing to Atlantic Records and the creation of the #ICantKeepQuiet movement, whose donations and merchandise sales have directly benefited the nonprofit Step Up’s L.A. chapter. More information on the campaign is available at the #ICantKeepQuiet website here.

The stripped-down version is available on Billboard before the produced version makes its television debut on the season finale of The Bold Type on Freeform, airing on Sept. 5 at 9pm E.T. Check out the exclusive acoustic take below.