BLAKE MILLS - MUTABLE SET VINYL (2LP)
Release Date: 22nd May 2020
The 4th album from the American singer-songwriter is a quiet and comforting masterpiece which rewards those that pay it the proper attention it deserves. Made up of subtle arrangements from acoustic guitar, piano, minimal electronica, sparse percussion and orchestral flourishes all done with the confidence of someone who knows exactly what they are doing. Stunning!
For Fans Of/You May Also Like: Christian Lee Hutson, William Tyler, Woods, Laura Marling
"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 dissonance, orchestral crescendos and moments of near silence, melodic yet unresolving chord progressions. The sonically warm album holds Mills’ guitar fingerpicking, gentle piano and melancholy tenor at its center. “This record deals with an awareness of two things—people and experiences in life that are precious, and whatever waits down the moat for something to drop,” says Mills. “I’ve seen the phrase ‘mutable set’ used to describe theater backdrops and set props, things like that. And ‘mute’ might be one of the best musical terms ever invented. So ‘Mutable Set’ is a term that deals with anything that could change or be lost all together.” Lyrically, Mills partnered with his friend, the songwriter Cass McCombs, for parts of Mutable Set. Ranging from narrative to impressionistic the songs address the multiplicity of modern life. Quiet dissatisfaction segues to bracing optimism-- and, often, back again. Uncut: 8/10 album review in new issue."