James Blake “Klavierwerke” EP (2010)

December 7, 2011

Of all Blake’s EPs, Klavierwerke comes most closely to his proper studio album (even the cover shows the same picture for both releases, though in different colour). Expect piano, intimate beats, ghostly vocals and echoes. A bunch of phanthoms inhabit the first track like haunting memories. I Only Know (What I Know Now) is a mystery that just Fever Ray may unravel. Don’t You Think I Do witnesses something, to cite other sonic experimenters Wild Beasts, equally elegant and ugly trying to get out. Klavierwerke loses with The Bells Sketch and CMYK but it’s easy to tell why James Blake chose to explore this particular direction.

hydrameter: 4/5

Key Tracks: Don’t You Think I Do, I Only Know (What I Know Now), Klavierwerke

Listen to Klavierwerke: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbylI4ld5VE

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