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James Blake – Overgrown

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 James Blake – Overgrown

In 2011, when debut full-length James Blake was released, James Blake became a cult sensation, especially in the electronic scene.
In 2013, with the release of second album Overgrown, his music expanded over a wider audience, winning the 2013 mercury prize.

In the three years since his debut, James has gained a lot of attention and popularity. He has mainly been collaborating with hip-hop artists. He’s currently in studio with Kanye West, Jay-Z, working with Kendrick Lamar, and hanging around Tyler, The Creator. While currently on tour for Overgrown, and working on his third album, he recently dropped a remix of Gorillaz’ Feel Good Inc.

Featured track was a difficult choice between Overgrown, Life Round Here, Retrograde, and Digital Lion. Overgrown was picked for how it sets the tone of the entire record.

James wants to be consistently around, timeless. He would rather be a stone on the shore, everlasting and solid among the tides, than to be a star that shines and fades away. Every trend or cliche just becomes too saturated with similar material, or overgrown. People expect a lot of growth at his age of 25 (in 2013), and he wants to stick to what he does and let it grow, but not overgrown. In this song a huge motif is impermanence - ‘Time passes and the constants stay’.

And I want you to know
I took it with me
And when things are thrown away like they are daily
Time passes and the constants stay

So if that is how it is
I don’t wanna be a star
But a stone on the shore
A lone doorframe in a war
When everything’s overgrown
But what she really really wanted was my rights and my wrongs
And I wouldn’t understand that I would try playing along

Time passes and the constants stay


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