Experimental James Blake
It all started, says James Blake, with Joni Mitchell. His favorite singer and songwriter came to see him at the Troubadour in Los Angeles two years ago and hung around afterwards to talk. "She's an oracle," smiles James. "I learned a lot just from meeting her." What they talked about most was the idea of permanence — how to survive and thrive as an artist. On the flight back to London James wrote "Overgrown", the gently immense song which lends its name to his highly anticipated second album. It’s about the things that last encapsulated in the lyric, "I don't want to be a star but a stone on the shore, a lone doorframe in a war." "I think it’s the best thing I've ever written, and it's the strongest message on the album," says James. "Joni embodies the things I'm talking about. She was the spark that led to that song."