When you google-image search James Blake, the young and strange male-hormoned chanteuse, you'll see no mention of his mug in the first result page at all, just a lot of sweaty HD Getty images of James Blake the American professional tennis player. The UK composer may manage to mix in to the front page returns following the release of his new album next week. That collection is dripping onto the internet as we speak, getting leeched by grabby clickers. Test your will to abate your own glutton tendency by previewing an 11 minute sampler of the album here. The stream doesn't have the material weight of the vinyl you're waiting to source from a devastated round-the-way dude at the record shop, but if you're stationed at a computer right now that lightness might feel appropriate and refreshing. It's nice to experience the economy and commanded tension of the songs in a tight bundle. When each ends, their sudden absence creates a fat trail of longing. Breathe into it, sweetly inhale the next song and start the player over.
Exercise Restraint With James Blake’s New Album Sampler
January 31, 2011