The Colour In Anything by James Blake
James Blake’s 2016 release titled The Colour in Anything is gritty and dark with atmospheric urban soul injected into its core. The album commences with “Radio Silence,” which is soaked in haunting church-like falsettos and tastefully dissonant melodies. The record showcases a nervous tick, present early on in neurotic and repetitive tracks such as “Points,” which enhances the rewind-play-repeat notion that the album enforces.
Blake touches upon a more sensual side with the third track titled “Love Me In Whatever Way,” which is a bellowing call for proximity and tenderness, while “Put That Away And Talk To Me” commentates on loneliness caused by distraction.
The Colour in Anything is music for a train station. The somber robotic wails evoke a hypothetical love child between Bon Iver and Kanye West amid his 808s and Heartbreak era. Coincidentally, the isolated and airy track titled “I Need A Forest Fire” appropriately features Bon Iver and offers a woodsy brisk cabin presence through which the listener can nearly smell burning brush and feel the heat radiating off of floating embers. The title track, “The Colour in Anything,” uses swelling vocals and minimalistic piano to embellish upon his natural experimentation with music, which follows with the barking and mechanical six-minute song known as “Two Men Down.”
From stick pop progressions to pristine piano melodies and machine-like rhythms, James Blake demonstrates musical versatility and passion for his craft in The Colour in Anything. Much like the album title, the songs manage to explore all ends of the musical spectrum, showcasing different hues of inspiration and personality.