There is something about this James Blake. Somehow he reminds me of Arthur Russell. His music and his voice is so damn intense. He sings like a ghost, he sings ghost soul. I don’t like when he treats his voice with the vocoder like on his debut album. It does not add anything, it only subtracts from his beautiful voice. His most pop moment is of course his cover of Feist’s Limit to Your Love, I am not sure if I prefer the original or the cover but the latter seems a simplification. Whatever. I have to think more about James Blake, he definitely also has the aura of someone like Mark Hollis, someone who knows how to use breaks and pauses in music, someone who pushes borders.
James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream (Live BBC Session)