BLAKE, JAMES - OVERGROWN (2LP)


"The experimentation of Blake's self-titled 2011 debut really arrived in public consciousness through a startling reworking of a beautiful ballad, Limit to Your Love, written by Canadian singer-songwriter Feist. For the follow-up, Blake has made a real effort to raise the bar of his own material, and there are tracks where you catch glimpses of the sensitive Nick Drake-ish singer-songwriter he might have become in a pre-computer age, notably the single Retrograde, the jazzy noodling DLM, the sweet chord progression of To the Last and dreamy opening of Our Love Comes Back. But his very process works against singalong clarity. These are almost songs, pre-cut up and refracted, like dub versions of tunes you don't know yet. Weirdly, we are starting to get used to this mix already. As adventurous as Blake's approach is, there is nothing to frighten the horses. We have been led here by degrees, via cut-and-paste hip hop, the digital beats of urban pop, autotuned folk of Bon Iver, genre-bending grandstanding of Kanye West and late-minimalist rock of the XX. Overgrown is underdeveloped, in the best possible sense, employing the sonic palette of state-of-the-art, digital dance music to pursue something almost completely contrary to the clubbing experience. These beats are not hard, the sounds are not polished. It is music of emotion and imagination, shifting perspectives in ways that are deliciously intangible, intent on moving the heart rather than the feet." (Telegraph)
soon in stock - please pre-order | UK| 2013| POLYDOR | 18.90


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