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Blake Mills weighs in with new album 'Heigh Ho'

Blake Mills weighs in with new album 'Heigh Ho'

As an in-demand session guitarist who's appeared on records by stars like Neil Diamond and Pink, Blake Mills has worked in some of the most prestigious recording studios in Los Angeles. Yet to lay down vocals for his striking new solo album, the 27-year-old made use of a different environment: his car.

"When you think about the science, it makes a lot of sense," Mills said recently. "The angle of the windshield is pretty drastic, so all the sound goes there and stays there; you don't have any echo. And the cloth seats?" He laughed. "The Prius is a total sound chamber."

It's also a place of intimacy, especially at 2 or 3 in the morning, which is...