James Blake has certainly been making the rounds lately. See all that he’s been up to.
On May 6, 2013, a nationwide audience got to hear and see for themselves why James Blake is quickly becoming one of the most talked about artists in 2013. The British singer/songwriter hit Late Night with David Letterman, where he performed a haunting version of “Retrograde” off Blake’s current CD, Overgrown. Potholes in My Blog raved that “(Blake) sounded fantastic running through the layers of “Retrograde.”
Blake’s appearance on Late Night was bookended by two sold out nights at NYC’s Terminal 5, the latest stop on a tour that kicked off on the West Coast. Fresh off his red-hot show at Coachella, Blake took the stage at San Francisco’s Mezzanine on April 16-17 for two sold out shows. Noted the SeattlePI.Com, “there will be many dreamy nights for Blake and his fans to come, as well as the great achievements that awake Blake in the future.”
Pulse Station echoed the sentiment, declaring that Blake’s “soulful voice, (was) a clash between Aaron Neville and Bon Iver” and added that the audience “showered him in unduly cheers.”
Arrozyfrijoles Blogspot gave a shout out to Blake’s “awesome first weekend set at Coachella,” adding “In a live setting Blake is able to create an almost church-like vibe with the combination of his delicate vocals on a loop with his bass heavy tracks pushing the pace.”
The love spread to Seattle where, in advance of his sold out show at the Neptune, Inside Right Wrist offered, “Needless to say, this is a show I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. Blake is a recording genius, and I look forward to seeing him perform, hoping that he has equally mastered his craft in a live setting. Do yourself a favor: listen to the new album and befriend someone who has an extra ticket to his sold out Neptune show.”
Another highlight of Blake’s American tour was a (yes) sold out show in Colorado. Critics were wowed, including heyreverb.com, which proclaimed, “Blake takes his carefully crafted songs a step further. Unlike others in his genre who just push buttons, Blake plays piano, sings and operates electronics while backed by other live musicians.”
And speaking of highlights, the always opinionated tastemaker Perez Hilton took to his blog after James Blake’s performance on legendary radio station KCRW. “Holy music!!!! No one hypnotizes us with their sound quite like James Blake! The supernaturally gifted musician has left us almost speechless after performing Overgrown and Retrograde LIVE.”