S.O.W.S. “Retrograde” by James Blake

SOWS v.02

MUSIK MODUS (SOWS) pronounced [sohz]

RETROGRADE  JAMES BLAKE  OVERGROWN

james blake - overgrown

James Blake was yet another wonderful find from the NPR Music All Songs Considered program. My thanks this week are due to them. They seem to enrich my life everyday.

James Blake was one of those artists that got me interested in a whole new vein of music. His style has echoes of past Soul and R&B artists while creating it into his own unique brand of Electronic Synth. There are even subtleties of Blues in his music, especially in Retrograde, which is the characteristic that personally draws me into his newest record, Overgrown. When the song begins, Blake is humming a soulful yet somehow haunting theme that sets the stage for the rest of the track. When I first heard the intro, I couldn’t believe that so much bluesy soul could come out of this white guy from London, which seems to be the general first impression when people hear Blake’s voice for the first time.

Blake’s infused style paired with the rising synth swells are what give one gooseflesh in a way only music can. It reminds me a modern take on 90s Trip hop, like artists Portishead, Tricky, or Massive Attack. Call it Post-Trip Hop, if you will.

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