Blake Mills - Break Mirrors

I was originally going to write a short post on the Blake Mills track that was included on EPISODE 022 of 'Mix Tape Radio On Folk Radio UK', but when I started to put that together I remembered that the main reason I had downloaded 'Bluechel' (which you can also get as part of a nice little sampler from Analog Edition) was because that was the only digitally available download I could find from Blake Mills on Bandcamp.

I don't remember exactly how I got searching for Blake Mills’ stuff, but it's a name that I've been meaning to check out for a long time, as what I've heard from trusted blog sources is that the guy is a little bit amazing (the 'About' section on his website sums up his amazingness quite nicely).  I think I maybe saw a tweet that mentioned him being awesome recently, or maybe it was this Guitar Moves video I stumbled upon. Maybe it was both. Whatever it was, I was recently reminded that I had never really sought out Blake's music to hear for myself. So I went exploring.

At 25, the Venice-based musician has already stacked up a career’s worth of gigs as a session and touring guitarist, playing with a diverse array of musicians that span from Lucinda Williams to Fiona Apple. Artists of all kinds seek out Mills when they’re looking for something extra special. When producers like Rick Rubin need a guitarist, Mills is the first call. His flawless technique, uncanny confidence, and unique interpretation of every piece of music he touches has turned Mills into one of the most in-demand players in the music business. It’s not just the notes he plays, it’s often the notes he doesn’t.
— description from Blake Mills website

With my Bandcamp searching only landing me a beautiful instrumental, I headed over to Spotify to see if any more of his music was available to sample. And that's where I found, and was immediately floored by, his perfect debut Break Mirrors. If you haven't listened to it yet, I suggest you fix that today.

Break Mirrors came out way back in 2010, so I am officially way behind the curve on this (I wish I would have seen this Everybody Taste post back when he wrote it).  But the nice thing about great music is that it still sounds great even if you discover it years after it's disappeared into the archives of the internet. I wish it was available on Bandcamp, but since it's not, I think I'm gonna have to break my self imposed “don't buy music from iTunes” rule, because this album is a straight up gem (plus that rule only exists because I prefer buying music on Bandcamp and not because I think Apple are evil).

But first, I'm going to spin it on Spotify a couple hundred more times.  I suggest you do the same.

(PS - if you don't have / use Spotify, you can also listen to Break Mirrors on Rdio or Deezer, or you can pick it up on iTunes or Amazon).

 

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