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New Music: James Blake – “Retrograde”

on February 07, 2013, 5:57pm

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As promised, James Blake previewed his forthcoming sophomore album, Overgrown, with the premiere of “Retrograde” on BBC Radio 1′s Zane Lowe earlier today. The track has made its rounds in many of his recent live shows, but the studio recording trims the external sounds and delivers pure, unadulterated Blake.

“We’re alone now, we’re alone now,” the soft-spoken singer pleads repeatedly under a warm shower of synths. It’s trademark stuff of Blake’s that’s far less somber and arguably more assured. He’s not the fractured lover anymore, but one that’s healed and looking to piece himself together again. That should be easy; after all, it’s not like anyone would ever turn away those piano notes after midnight.

Overgrown hits stores April 8th via Republic Records. In a couple of months, Blake will hit North America for dates surrounding his two Coachella appearances. Consult the full itinerary below.

James Blake 2013 Tour Dates:
02/26 – London, UK @ ICA
04/14 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
04/16 – San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
04/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
04/18 – Santa Cruz CA @ Rio Theatre
04/21 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
04/23 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune
04/24 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
04/25 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
04/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
04/28 – Denver. CO @ Ogden Theatre
05/01 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
05/02 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
05/03 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
05/04 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
05/06 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
05/08 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues Boston
05/09 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
05/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
05/12 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
05/13 – Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle
05/24 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
05/29 – Madrid, ES @ Sala Capital
05/30 – Porto, PT @ Optimus Primavera Sound


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February 8, 2013 at 5:28 pm

I got pretty worried when Pitchfork didn’t immediately praise this as BNM. It took them a day but all is right in the cosmos. As soon as I even see the name “James Blake” I burst into masturbation.

February 10, 2013 at 1:34 am

oh really… burst into… hmmm
I do quite like me some James blake. An incredibly uplifting track with heavenly sounds…very original.

Abraham Tribesky, M.D.
February 7, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Nice sound, as always, but little variation from his last outing. Hopefully, he’ll up the tempo once or twice on new album.

Andy Tabelz
February 7, 2013 at 8:52 pm

really? I see a ton of growth here. He isn’t hiding behind vocoders nearly as much. He sounds much more comfortable with belting it. I like a ton!


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