James Blake Covers “The Sound Of Silence”

courtesy of Billboard.com

To cap off his most recent BBC Radio 1 Residency James Blake covered the venerable Simon & Garfunkel classic with a direct and appropriately sparse, electronic arrangement that is simply beautiful.

Improving upon the original is a truly hopeless enterprise, but this coverwhich Blake dedicated to a friend who passed away recently is stunning nonetheless.  His trademark vocals are so authentically soaked in the weight of the words and the meaning of the track—you’d have to actively try to stop this performance from reverberating around your soul a bit.  Blake does not experiment much here, he simply transposes the beauty of the original onto his approach.

Earlier on in his BBC Radio 1 broadcast, Blake was joined by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and the two chatted on a number of topics.

Listen to the entire show here.

 

by Jesse Mechanic

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