James Blake: “Timeless”

sonar-2016-bcn-james-blake

James Blake “Timeless” begins with a slow build that is as soulful as it is smooth. Over it, Blake croons “I can’t be selfless / I’m acting my age,” the most concrete lyrics he gives us in the 4:00 long track, which premiered on his BBC Radio 1 residency. Blake is preparing to release a new album, and “Timeless” gives fans a lot to look forward to. The blend of styles Blake creates here is phenomenal, as the track builds from minimalist electronic production to a hard synth-line that mirrors trap and current hip-hop sounds, all while weaving in textures and lines that conjure everything from modern soul to Middle Eastern guitar music. But when the alarm sounds midway through the track it ironically makes “Timeless” sound not so timeless at all – it’s the moment of the drop, an extremely current and in many ways dying trend in music. “Timeless,” then, comes as a subtle comment on the current state of electronic music from one of it’s best and, arguably, one of its most likely candidates to stand the test of time.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s