At just 22 years old, Blake Miller exudes the kind of raw tenacity that is irresistible in young, emerging artists. Endearing, natural, and honest, his second album, Burn-Tape takes the simplicity and charm of Michigan folk band Breathe Owl Breathe and infuses this lo-fi folk sound with a more whimsical flavor, thanks to whistling, looped vocals, upbeat percussion, and well-placed hand claps.
Miller recorded both Burn-Tape and its predecessor, Together With Cats, almost entirely on his own. "The Ghost of My Soul (my hands are shaking)" was recorded from first takes (with the exception of a single guitar solo), which Miller spent a long time developing. Though his music certainly has a do-it-yourself sound, Miller's talent as a songwriter and a musician is clear. In "A Golden Bird, a Wooden Floor, a Box of Skulls," a song that is oddly reminiscent of an early Of Montreal song, Miller showcases his whistling and his predilection for vivid and sometimes bizarre imagery.