Miki Ratsula has built a sizable audience by openly and honestly welcoming people into their world. Today, they have announced the release of i owe it to myself, their debut album due March 25, 2022 via Nettwerk Records. The album is an acoustic pop dream guided by Miki’s lush, lo-fi inspired production that captures the full emotional seesaw that rocks between youth and adulthood. i owe it to myself is Miki at their most vulnerable and fully realized.
As an out, nonbinary artist, the Southern California-based Finnish-American singer, songwriter and producer uses their platform to candidly document their life. From coming out to getting top surgery to their mental health journey, it’s the kind of storytelling that listeners, especially young queer kids, crave and deserve. “I just want to be the artist I needed growing up,” says Miki, and that’s exactly who they’ve become on this heartfelt and impressive debut record. Throughout the record, Miki effortlessly floats between R&B slow jams and acoustic numbers laced with sensual groove, and some of the album’s more powerful moments exist in the soft, nostalgic spaces in between, which often deal with the pain that lives behind closed doors.
Today, they’ve released a new track, “i walked a mile in my room,” which discusses their mental health struggles and its impact on the people close to them. “It’s an acknowledgment that I know I can work on my mental health and make sure it doesn’t negatively affect those I love,” notes Miki, “while also recognizing that it’s something I have to deal with and need patience from others while I work on it.”
Listen to “i walked a mile in my room” here: https://mikiratsula.ffm.to/iwalkedamileinmyroom.