Blake Mills – Mutable Set (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 51:25 minutes | 1,0 GB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Blake Mills Artist JV 2017
For his fourth studio album Mutable Set, the hugely in-demand Blake Mills buddied up with his friend and fellow songwriter Cass McCombs. The result is about as diverse a set as could be imagined while still contained within the singer-songwriter paradigm – narrative storytelling bristling with optimism to abstract, impressionistic and decidedly downcast reflections.
Growing up in Los Angeles, Mills has borne witness to climate change firsthand as annual rains slowed and wildfires grew in scope and intensity. Shortly after a rare storm during California’s seven year drought, Mills wrote “Summer All Over,” which NPR Music described as a “a sobering, tender ballad…teeter[ing] at the threshold of hope and despair.”
Mutable Set is Mills’ fourth studio album, crafted as a soundtrack to the emotional dissonance of modern life. The record reflects the push and pull of opposing forces: harmony and eerie tension, symphonious crescendos against moments of near silence, melodic yet unresolving chord progressions. The sonically warm album holds Mills’ guitar finger picking, gentle piano playing and relaxed tenor at its center.
Recorded at the iconic Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, Mutable Set features Mills joined by Aaron Embry on keys (Elliot Smith, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros), Sam Gendel on saxophone (Vampire Weekend, Moses Sumney), Rob Moose on strings (Alabama Shakes, Bon Iver) Abe Rounds (Meshell Ndegocello, Andrew Bird) on drums and Pino Palladino (The Who, D’Angelo) on bass.
Mills is widely sought after as a producer, co-writer and session musician, collaborating with such diverse artists as Fiona Apple, Alabama Shakes, John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Jay-Z, Laura Marling, Phoebe Bridgers, Randy Newman and Perfume Genius, among others. He was nominated for “Producer of the Year” at the GRAMMY Awards in both 2015 and 2017, and his producing on Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color won the “Best Alternative Music Album” GRAMMY Award in 2015.
“Over the past eight years, Mills has tried to rethink the governing principles that shape listeners’ understanding of traditional recording and instrumentation.” (Pitchfork)
1. Blake Mills – Never Forever
2. Blake Mills – May Later
3. Blake Mills – Eat My Dust
4. Blake Mills – Money Is The One True God
5. Blake Mills – Summer All Over
6. Blake Mills – Vanishing Twin
7. Blake Mills – My Dear One
8. Blake Mills – Farsickness
9. Blake Mills – Mirror Box
10. Blake Mills – Window Facing A Window
11. Blake Mills – Off Grid