ANOTHER SINGLE RELEASED FROM JAMES BLAKE, WHETHER HE LIKES IT OR NOT

ANOTHER SINGLE RELEASED FROM JAMES BLAKE, WHETHER HE LIKES IT OR NOT

Joe GransingerTuesday,9 April 2013

The Snap:

Retrograde’ is James Blake’s newest single from his upcoming album ‘Overgrown‘, and is the fifth track to be released to the public early. James has expressed his unhappiness with the record label, as well as commenting on the state of ‘the industry’ and piracy as a whole.

The Download:

James Blake is a little disappointed that nearly half of his still-unreleased album can be heard online free of charge. While the official release date for the DJ-turned-singer’s new album is April 8th, the tracks Voyeur, Digital Lion, And Holy Ghost, and Retrograde are all readily available for listen. Blake, although frustrated with his record label and current state of the market, accepts that times are changing and knows that piracy is a permanent part of his industry. “I’m starting not to care, to be honest. Things are changing. The ship isn’t just going down. There are people trapped inside, bashing on the windows trying to get out.”

I won’t lie; I used to pirate everything I could get my hands on. I mean, I digitally stole shit I didn’t even need – entire Photoshop Suite programs I never figured out how to use, music I didn’t even like, games I never intended to play, movies that I never watched, etc. It was just what we did growing up. Now that I’ve gotten older (and have an income), I don’t pirate much anymore. I suppose there’s a small chunk of morality inside of me somewhere, and it makes me feel like a dirtbag when I pirate an album from an indie band touring the country in a 1985 Chevy van, instead of just paying the $4.98 for it legally.

There is a lot of anticipation for ‘Overgrown’ – whether it’s legal or not – and it sounds extremely good so far. James might not agree with me (or his record label), but releasing some tracks early online does increase hype and excitement. Whether it’s the delicately soft soulful vocals of “Retrograde” – which is like a wonderful combination of Active Child and Bon Iver – or the more electronic and repetitive “Voyeur”, the album is looking like a gem.

And yes, I will be downloading it – legally.

Hat Tips:

Pitchfork, Guardian, Image Credit: Flickr

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