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Bryon Miller
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Blake Miller

Bryon Miller

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.

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