Eleven months before the release of his magnificent self-titled debut album, James Blake’s first EP The Bells Sketch emerged to dazzle the listeners and the critics. It consists of just three tracks: two are superb and one is very good. The Bells Sketch opens this extended play with a certain mystery and may be compared to a gospel from the distant future. Blake plays with his voice to supernatural effects. Buzzard and Kestrel seems less serious: it’s a catchy and twisted fairy tale and you know why the artist chose the word “bells” as an umbrella for the whole work.

hydrameter: 4/5

Key Tracks: Buzzard and Kestrel, The Bells Sketch

Listen to The Bells Sketch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6csogEBPuEM

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