“Listening back to Blake’s records in chronological sequence is like hearing a ghost gradually assume material form,” Mark Fisher wrote in 2013.
Assume Form seems a likely acknowledgement of both the late critic and the truth of the remark.
Since the vogue post-dubstep of his debut, James Blake has consistently moved to the forefront of his songs, his ideas becoming more confident. Assume Form continues his genre experiments – there’s a prominent rap influence, for example, with features from Travis Scott and Andre 3000 – but sounds simultaneously restless and comfortable. Still a master at delighting the listener with surprise, Blake’s latest has the songwriter pushing the boundaries, leading the way.
Assume Form is out now via Universal.
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