London producer and singer James Blake takes Feist’s lovelorn 2007 ballad “Limit to Your Love” for a chilling, minimalistic spin with this beautiful, evocative cover, serving as the first single from his still-untitled debut, due early in 2011. The cold distance and simplicity of Blake’s cover only serves to make it more heartwrenching than the original, though: Blake’s voice is tender, sweet, fragile, the syncopated piano chords sound recorded in a dark, dusty old church – even something about the slow metronome quality of the drum machine is haunting. It sounds like the kind of dream you wake up from feeling guilty about something you can never remember. Based on this track, I’m expecting a glowing reception for the rest of Blake’s upcoming album; take a listen and see what I mean.
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The video is a trippy walk around a messy apartment that seems to defy all logical notions of space and/or gravity. Mirroring the simplicity of the song, everything revolves around and vibrates with that drum machine.