Press Release: Acclaimed singer, songwriter, and producer James Blake's new single "Retrograde" will be available at all digital retailers on February 12. It also lays the groundwork for the release of his forthcoming, anxiously awaited sophomore full-length, Overgrown (Republic Records), in stores and online April 8. All eyes will undoubtedly be on this sonic architect as his sound continues to expand and, most importantly, grow…
"Retrograde" sees Blake further temper hazy electronics with his patented emotional and soulful delivery. The stark contrast between his impressive voice and the airy production diverges into a middle ground that's undeniably transfixing. Once again, he boldly steps forward with "Retrograde".
As a whole, Overgrown stands marked by the artist's staunch adherence to progression. The stylistic elements that enchanted fans and critics the first time around serve as building blocks for a more dynamic and diverse listening experience. Moments of darkness fade into genuine bliss as he bends the foundations of post-dubstep, pop, hip hop, and house to his whim.
The United States will get the opportunity to experience the album live upon its release as Blake kicks off a United States tour on April 14 at the sold out Coachella Festival. That's simply the beginning though.
Upon releasing his eponymous first collection stateside, James Blake was instantly embraced by both music fans and critical gatekeepers. Acclaim abounded across the board. It was ranked one of the top albums of 2011 by Pitchfork, Mojo, and Uncut. Rolling Stone wrote, "Like Radiohead, Blake's sonic empty spaces highlight human distance", while Spin added an a propos description, "Using lo-fi digital techniques to play up rough edges and raw emotion, Blake's rare talent is to make music so naked seem unshakable".