PRAISE FOR MILAN RING
“Milan Ring’s debut album is an enthralling listen.”
Line of Best Fit (9/10)
“I’m Feeling Hopeful is an ambitious first offering that is nothing short of impressive”
“While I’m Feeling Hopeful does find part of its strength in collaboration, its core is anchored in the power of solitude. […] It’s Milan Ring discovering her sanctuary, in part through her culture and her spirituality.”
“Milan Ring flexes her chops as both a performer and producer, delivering a flurry of punctuated sung-rap verses in addition to laying down her signature soulful guitar leads.”
“Milan Ring's new single [‘BS’ feat. Che Lingo] takes you on a journey through the sounds of soul, R&B, Latin, and hip-hop music, all garnished with her signature artistic curiosity that's made her one to watch in the Australian music scene."
Acclaimed R&B artist Milan Ring today unveils her highly anticipated debut album, I’m Feeling Hopeful, out now on Astral People Recordings / [PIAS].
I’m Feeling Hopeful explores the themes of love (for others and for the self), relationships, control, freedom, the critical mind, depression, desires and addiction from many different perspectives, all born “from my observations of the world around me and the world within,” says Milan. Threading together singles ‘Sydney Hue (feat. BLESSED)’, ‘Pick Me Up (feat. Jean Deaux)’, ‘BS (feat. Che Lingo)’ and ‘Hide With You,’ I’m Feeling Hopeful has garnered support from triple j, BBC Radio 1, The Line of Best Fit, COLORS, CLASH, NME and community radio stations around the country.
Throughout her debut album, Milan observes two paths lying before her. “We either fall deeper into the chaos,” she explains, “or find a way to rise above it.” Across I’m Feeling Hopeful’s 14 tracks, Milan invites the listener to concurrently experience all of life’s highs and lows; for every moment of melancholia come glimpses of a soaring bliss, reminding us that “no matter how chaotic things may get, there is still always hope.” Transportive and restorative, I’m Feeling Hopeful moves fluidly across spatial and emotional lines, flowing from sadness to frustration, self-sabotage to hope, before ending on love and forgiveness.
Indeed, hope serves as a motivating force for Milan Ring throughout her debut LP - whether it's the promise of an alternate path, or a light at the end of the one she's travelling down. It's the declarative banner framing every beat, note and lyric on her debut album which was written, recorded, executive produced and mixed in its entirety by Milan in her studio, located in Marrickville on Gadigal Land in the Inner West of Sydney.
“When we allow our minds to run rampant we often hurt ourselves, those around us and those around them in the process. But in these moments we always have the choice to break through the negative dialogue and lean into love, forgiveness and gratitude,” Milan shares. “It isn’t easy, but life is a blessing and I’m feeling hopeful.”