Live Review: James Blake at the Troubadour
Who: James Blake
Last night's sold out Troubadour show marked the London-based, classically-trained dubstep producer's Los Angeles debut. "This venue has historic importance and I'm massively glad to be here," James Blake said, and so were we, having waited months to bring the preternaturally talented electronic music composer to our city.
The 22-year-old Blake is a braver musician than most, taking a studio-born (and largely bound) form to the stage. He used space and silence to great advantage in his short but mesmerizing set, playing nearly an hour without saying more than a couple words. The soul in his music wrapped around every member of the silent crowd,
who kept quiet all night (rare for any performance), enraptured by his minimal, deconstructed beats and fractured,
Blake came back for an encore alone, his band watching him from the stairs. "The person who wrote this song is such a massive influence on me and everything I've done in the last year and to know that she might hear it tonight is an honor," he said, before starting into Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You." Trading in Mitchell's gentle guitar for a distressed piano, making the song's pain somehow more immediate and heartbreaking than Mitchell herself was able to capture.
Give Me My Month
Tep and Logic
I Never Learnt To Share
To Care (Like You)
Limit to Your Love (Feist)
The Wilhelm Scream
A Case of You (Joni Mitchell)
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