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Since he was about 16, Miles Kelley has been recording and releasing his tunes under the alias "Milezo". Over the past 8 years Milezo has grown from a solo bedroom recording effort into a 4-piece band of friends who enjoy writing, performing and recording music together.
Their newest album, "Major Tree Love's Secret Songs for Imaginary Gurls" is a loose concept album that the band recorded at Kelley's house in Austin, TX. You can stream or DL it (along with all of Milezo's other albums) via their bandcamp:
"It’s people like Miles Kelley that make me feel lazy… just a kid and already more than 50 songs spread out over six collections on Bandcamp. You might assume that the low profile or lack of hype after such a prolific output means Kelley’s easily dismissible. You’d be wrong. The bulk of his catalog shows such and a development of a particular style and sound over the course a couple years that you’ll wonder why some indie label hasn’t snatched him up, afforded him the resources to help hone his craft, and given his music a deserved promotional push.
Despite incorporating soothing, breathy melodies and instrumentals, I hesitate to throw out the word “ambient” when referring to Kelley’s music because, for many casual listeners, the term connotes slightly boring background music, which is underselling Milezo (Kelley’s musical moniker). Sure Milezo’s material is pleasant sounding, but it’s certainly not dull. The atmospherics are blended with interesting found sound elements and layered vocals with lyrics that open themselves up with every listen, and Kelley knows his way around a guitar hook. Shuffling through his catalog, you get glimpses of what a young Phil Elvrum or Stephen Malkmus might have sounded like had they grown up with the bedroom music tools and cultural frame of reference of a teenager coming of age in the ‘00s. And you can definitely spot the Bradford Cox influence in Milezo’s effortless, winding compositions and stream-of-consciousness feel, particularly on a cut like “Grey Skies.” With such an expansive repertoire, we’ve narrowed it down to three to sample (don’t sleep on “Dreams of Mine”; you’ll want to stick around for the solo)."
- Darrick Thomas (Crawdaddy! Magazine)