REVIEW: James Blake – Roseland Theater // 10/14
Written by Emma on October 20, 2016
For Fans of: Frank Ocean, Jamie xx, How To Dress Well
On the eve of what was reported to be one of the biggest storms in Pacific Northwest history, James Blake has earned himself a queue of dutiful fans waiting in the torrential rain. As one of the musicians responsible for some of the biggest releases this year (Frank Ocean, Vince Staples), it’s not surprising that the producer can draw a crowd even in the worst of conditions. His sold out show at the Roseland Theater featured work spanning his whole career, including an Untold remix from 2009 and “Forward“, his collaboration with Beyoncé. The set heavily featured material from his incredible new album The Colour in Anything such as my personal favorite, “Choose Me”, and single with vocals from Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, “I Need A Forest Fire”. He was joined by opening act Moses Sumney for “Modern Soul” and the title track of the album which featured visuals by Quentin Blake, who designed the cover for The Colour in Anything. The backing vocals provided by Sumney were a chillingly wonderful way to bring the vocal layering from the recordings to life and it was sweet to see the friendship that they obviously share.
– Emma Hollar