I go through serious music phases that usually last for a week, at most. As any reader of this blog will know (p.s. thanks for still following me even though I’m shit at posting) I am a creature of obsession. I get absolutely obsessed with a certain song, movie, food, etc. for an entire week and then don’t listen to it for a while. The phase could last anywhere from a day, to a week, to a full month…to who knows. I’m still obsessed with the entire Lucius album, Wildewoman, and listen to Disney music like it’s my job, and those things have been around for a lot longer than I just mentioned. Through all of the craziness, though, new things creep in and warm my soul, which is more than I can say for the weird beginning of Spring we are having here in New England.
James Blake is the newest to hit my air waves by way of my best friend, Steph. A lot of times I get so caught up with my own music finds that I tend to shut out other recommendations, but Steph usually has a keen ear and attuned senses to what I like and what might get me going. She introduced me to Rhye a while back and now James Blake, both of which are on a transcendental level. Sometimes I just need some smooth R&B electronic music to get me through my life, I need to feel like my everyday goings on have a soundtrack; that is how I feel when I listen to James Blake. He’s definitely not for everyone, other friends of ours aren’t too excited about his song Retrograde, but I stand by him. Low and deep, smooth and silky; Blake’s vocals unearth an inner feeling that I can rarely get to on my own. I love listening to him while I am putting together a craft, or decorating my house. It puts my in a place of creativity and calm, which is great, because I tend to run on anxiety and existential crisis mode almost 24/7.
I am also heralding back into the spotlight, the Young Band Series! I know that James Blake isn’t “young,” we are the exact same age, but I feel like if you’re sub 26, then you get to be part of this list.
I highly recommend this listen and encourage people to take their time getting into his album. Like I said, he’s not for everyone, but he is for some. You might just need to give it a try!
Check out the song Retrograde, here!