Well, the Internet got destroyed by James Blake's sudden album drop last night, so I felt we should jump on the bangwagon. Mostly, because it's a seriously good record ofc.
The 17 track long The Colour In Anything will send you on a very sentimental and delicate music journey. It's been 2 full listens to the album, so that's not necessary what you call a proper album review, but then again it's the way I usually approach album reviews. Kinda going with the gut feeling.
Currently, I find myself in a constant bounce between "Timeless" and "I Need A Forest Fire", because you know - it's Justin Vernon.
Besides the name of Vernon, it feels important to note that the record has been influenced/touched by Frank Ocean (yep, still no news on his album) and notorious producer Rick Rubin.
I found this quote, which is taken from James interview and it compares how The Colour In Anything feels compared to previous releases.
It’s bigger in scope and a byproduct of a lot of change and growing up, really, a lot of self improvement and reflection. My relationship was a catalyst for those kinds of changes; the person I’ve been with for the past year or so really brilliantly held up a mirror to me. I mean, I grew up an only child, and then at 21 I became quite famous—you’re in a petri dish, and people are just peering in on your progress. I feel now as if I can identify with more empathy and relate to people.
Going back to how the album feels, besides the delicateness, if I can use such words, listening to this makes me feel somehow relaxed. After reading the above quote, I started thinking how important is to have someone stable in your personal life and how such person can be the reason and support for your personal development and achievements. The comfort he's speaking about definitely is channeled through those songs.
I hope you guys enjoy the record, I must say it definitely feels one of those must-hear albums. I'll add a few YouTube sources, in case Spotify is not an option for you right now.