I’m going to go out on a huge limb here and say if Elliott Smith had a southern tinge to his singing voice and a folkier vibe to his instrumentation, it’s best represented by Blake Mills. This LA singer/songwriter who’s worked with artists such as Jenny Lewis (of Rilo Kiley), Cass McCombs, and Fiona Apple released this single a while back and it has yet to sell out – what a shame! However, Analog Edition’s loss is Sly Vinyl’s gain because you readers can still procure this peculiar single. Both songs would later appear on his debut,¬†Break Mirrors, which apparently released three years ago now. It’s quite strange to see this go with little to no notice. I feel my intro sentence accurately describes both songs, but I’ll just say “Hey Lover” and “Winter Song” are extreme opposites in terms of mood. ¬†Both songs are available to stream via the Spotify player below so see what you think of them! Cheers!
Limited to 500 copies, the AA-side 7" features "Hey Lover" and "Winter Song" by Los Angeles musician Blake Mills. The songs, now pressed to vinyl for the first time, come off Mills' 2010 debut album, Break Mirrors. While Break Mirrors may be Mills' debut as a solo artist, the musician already has years of experience under his belt touring with and working as a session musician for acclaimed artists like Jenny Lewis, Cass McCombs, Lucinda Williams, and Fiona Apple. He also founded Simon Dawes (now Dawes) with Taylor Goldsmith. The only thing more impressive than the 25-year olds‚Äô sizable resume is his knack for songwriting‚ÄĒan ability far beyond his years. With ‚ÄúHey Lover‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúWinter Song‚ÄĚ come the album‚Äôs uptempo one-two-punch: a nuanced lo-fi meets hi-fi production of timeless and highly original folk rock.
"Break Mirrors is a record that feels like a rebirth is possible for the man speaking on it, as if the close calls could end and he could finally rest easy one of these nights." ‚ÄĒ Daytrotter
"We've been listening to a friend of ours named Blake Mills, who made a record that is pretty amazing, actually. It kind of caught people off guard. ...it's incredible." ‚ÄĒ Chris Chu, The Morning Benders
"...the immediate future of intelligent music." - The Huffington Post
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