Together With Cats, the first full length by Columbus lo-fi folk artist, Blake Miller was very well received in the press, with plaudits coming from both Popmatters and Pitchfork, and favorable comparisons to higher profile artists like Grizzly Bear and Devandra Banhart. Sticking with the “Don’t F with what works” philosophy for his follow up, Burn Tapes (Which coincedentally will be available on tape), Miller once again has crafted an honest, heart felt collection of songs, charming in their bedroom pop simplicity, yet surprisingly deep and realized. On numbers like “In the Danger,” lo-fi tricks like a rickety drum kit, and naked guitar, obscure, but don’t hide its many layers. While a similar balance can be heard on “Long Hair,” where slide whistle and toy piano, quickly give way for some sunny, California guitar strumming, proving once again that adjectives like lo-fi, charming, and simple don’t always equate to unfulfilled.
MP3: Blake Miller – In the Danger
MP3: Black Miller – Long Hair
The release show for Blake Miller’s Burn Tapes will be taking place this Saturday, February 21st at the Beachland Tavern.