James Blake, the master of creating beautiful music, has done it again. With the first single, ‘Retrograde,’ off his sophomore album, “Overgrown,” due out April 9, Blake gets all fans right on board for another incredible album.
If the followup to his 2011 self-titled debut is anything like what Retrograde is crafting, it will be one that ends up near the top of many year end lists. As a treat for us fans, not only did he create a magical song, but a beautiful video to accompany it.
As it appears on last year’s In The Mountain In The Cloud, Portugal. The Man’s “All Your Light (Times Like These)” is a foot-stomping burner led by a catchy falsetto and ear-friendly piano strokes. While those elements remain on this remix by Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, the drums are what really cry out for attention here. They’re those dusty, heavy drums we’ve come to expect from RZA, who really deserves to get more work as a remix artist. Like, now.
Thanks to my buddy over at The Starr List for pointing this one out to me on his twitter feed today.
Sam Beam has created some incredible music over the last ten years. Since we were first graced with The Creek Drank the Cradle in 2002, he has released several more albums, each better than the next (arguably).
Throughout the track listings on all of these studio albums and live albums, compilations and EP’s, he has put out some of the more genuinely beautiful songs we’ve heard in recent time. Songs such as “The Trapeze Swinger,” “Boy with a Coin,” “Walking Far From Home,” and most notably an incredibly gorgeous rendition of The Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights.”
Among all of these ear pleasing tracks, is one that has always stood well above the rest in my eyes, or… ears? Naked As We Came is a remarkably beautiful song. Originally off of Beam’s sophomore album, Our Endless Numbered Days, this song is one of the best in his library. And, has always been one of my favorite songs in general.
This version, live but all the better, comes off of the Morning Becomes Eclectic live album. If you’ve never heard it- sit back, speakers up, and enjoy. If you know the song… You’re welcome!