After a 2019 debut album that focused on frontman Pat Kiloran’s mental health issues, MILKK gets happy with “All To Myself,” whose video is premiering exclusively below. It’s the first of several singles the Nashville trio plans to release this year.
“The album was a lot about my monumental struggles and dealing with some major anxiety over the last couple of years and depressive episodes, ups and downs in my marriage — it’s just the unloading of my life of the last few years, in musical form,” Kiloran tells Billboard. “It’s like, ‘OK, we’ve done that. I really liked it. Great. What’s next?’ It’s been a long time since I wrote love songs and relationship songs and songs just to help people have a good time. So I was thinking, ‘OK, summer’s coming up. What can we do?'”
Kiloran says that with “All To Myself” — spiced with trap techniques and 808 rhythms — and the other songs MILKK is working up, the group “wanted to write really strong songs, really catch songs and then pair it with sounds we like.” “All To Myself,” co-written with Juliette Reilly, reflects tastes that take Kiloran to Spotify’s Rap Caviar playlist, even if that meant “getting out of my comfort zone” on the song.
“I’ve been listening to a lot of rap and R&B,” he says. “I’m not a rapper, and it would be weird for me to do that. So It was like, ‘How can I take that feeling I get from that type of music and make it our own?’ So with ‘All To Myself’ you can hear that melodic trap influence and kind of classic beats but then putting my voice and my spin on it. We really liked stretching ourselves in that way.” And the lyrics, he notes, are not as heavy as the group’s album.
“We want all these songs to be an ode not only to my own relationship but for anyone to identify with,” Kiloran explains. “We want them to be something to put on in summer to vibe out at night — if you’re driving or put on by the pool. We wanted to do something less serious, less introspective and more something that anyone can be part of.”
Kiloran isn’t sure when MILKK’s subsequent singles will be released, but the group plans to accompany each with a video. Another album may be on the horizon, but for now he says that, “We just want to put out singles and focus on how we want people to see MILKK. So we really need to hone in on these songs and what we want them to be. It’s coming piece by piece, and we’re having a good time doing it this way right now.”