Months ago I shared with you the launching album by James Blake (here). All in all a great album; From an even more great artist, in my honest opinion. A year ago he released his third album already, but it is not that album I share with you today.
"Overgrown" is his second album and to me this one is maybe even better than his first one. James has a history in the UK/London club scene and that can be heard in all his work. The electronic music has an ambient, electro and sometimes even a somewhat experimental vibe and is far from usual in the sing/songwriters genre. Even the vocals are not straight forward sing/songwriters style.
For me, his work is simple amazing to listen to.
‘Overgrown’ is so intimate you’ll feel every inch of that loneliness – a man isolated in a weird, wintry world with only the minimalist chill of his new album’s bleeps, beats and wounded wails for company.
The record is infinitely more assured than ‘James Blake’ (his first album), and more ambitious in its jerks between genres. Whether it’s the chopped’n’screwed R&B of ‘Life Around Here’ that’s been warped like a D’Angelo cassette melted in the sun on a car dashboard, the glitching gospel of ‘Voyeur’, or the stripped-back moments of tender piano and vocals that make up the ghostly ‘DLM’ and ‘Our Love Comes Back’, Blake has clearly found a new confidence in not catering for anyone or anything except his own eccentric, scattered tastes. “Ignore everybody else”, he pines over looped vocal licks on sensual
JAMES: You Done Very Well!
Artist: James Blake
play full album here
I Am Sold
Life Round Here
Take A Fall For Me
To The Last
Our Love Comes Back