Saturday, January 29, 2011

Stevie's Stonkers #5: 'The Wilhelm Scream - Live' by James Blake

While the stonker is usually the place for brash off the cuff observations and not, conversely, quiet & emotional reflection, I make the rules so that's the way it's gonna be. Mr. Blake has spent the past year making a name for himself as one of the most promising young DJs/producers in the post-dubstep musical landscape, from cutting up 90's R&B into unrecognisably beautiful forms on "CMYK" to dismantling the idea of what voice and piano can sound like on the "Klavierwerke" EP. Just as he's garnering attention he's already pretty much abandoned those musical forms for more relatively straightforward songs on his forthcoming full length debut. The Wilhelm Scream showcases his impossibly fragile and surprisingly impressive vocals, underscored by melancholic keys, lyrics suggesting a heartbroken man resigned to his fate. A grown man could cry, and in fact i almost wish i was broken hearted so i could lose myself in this.--Stephen Rogers

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