Music’s heavier hitters have been releasing news about their upcoming projects of late; Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience will be out in March, Phoenix’s new effort, Bankrupt! will be released at the end of April, and James Blake is set for another go-round of his generally accessible dubstep, after releasing the first track “Retrograde” last week.
The premiere of the track on Zane Lowe’s show led to radio rips being posted any and everywhere, most of which have been subsequently removed. But Blake followed the premiere up with the video for the song as well, and after listening to it quite a few times, it’s probably time to talk about it here.
Blake is adept at his mournful, mid-tempo brand of dubstep, and “Retrograde” doesn’t do anything to knock him off of that particular pedestal. In fact, it only advances his cause; this is easily the best song I’ve heard out of him, which bodes well if he wants to be considered anything more substantial than his breakout 2011.
As for the video itself, it doesn’t do anything particularly profound, and, if I’m honest, I didn’t use it as anything other than a vehicle for the song itself. I’ll leave the critique of it to other willing parties.
The album this track is from is called Overgrown, and it will be out at the beginning of April. No word on pre-order, but the single is available for download right this second at the normal digital retailers.