We were supposed to get James Blake's new album Friends That Break Your Heart last week, but vinyl manufacturing delays led to a pushback to October 8. Fortunately, we've got a lovely new song called "Famous Last Words" to help tide us over.
The new song got that cinematic, subterranean feel that defines a lot of Blake's production, with synths that ping pong like radar as Blake tracks how he's unable to let go of someone particularly toxic. My favorite moment is when the music drops into an almost-acapella Blake, who sings "You're the last of my old things." A perfect "finger hovering over phone screen's Block This Caller button" soundtrack.
"Famous Last Words" joins the previously released singles "Say What You Will" and "Life Is Not The Same. Below, you can find dates for Blake's North American tour, kicking off in San Diego this week.
James Blake 2021 tour dates
9/16 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
9/19 – San Francisco, CA – Greek Theatre
9/21 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
9/22 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
9/25 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
9/28 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore
9/30 – Minneapolis, MN – The State Theatre
10/2 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore Auditorium
10/3 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
10/6 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang Theatre
10/8 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia
10/9 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
10/12 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
10/13 – Charlotte, NC – Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
10/15 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
Thumbnail photo by Josh Stadlen