The Wilhelm Scream (track) by James Blake

The Wilhelm Scream by James Blake
Year: 2011
From the album James Blake (track #2)
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From 05/15/2013 22:09
James Blake just has such a unique voice, that it's hard to not fall in love with his best tracks, in especial this one. His style is perfectly augmented by the mixing effects on his voice, and on the other instrumentation, which encapsulate the epitome of both neo-soul and post-dustep, whatever those are.

When "analyzing" a work's instrumentation, I tend to consider two major things - the depth of the song (i.e., the textures and colours produced throughout, how many instruments are playing all at once) and the linear flow through the course of the track's (or album's) time. I also consider how these two interact to yield a piece of music. What I noticed was, over the course of time the texture becomes much deeper and more complex as the song develops and progresses, until the end. The end concludes with a recapitulation of the beginning's much more simplified texture, and that almost immediate throw back is striking to me. It's only then that the listener realises how much was going on all at one time, added to the texture one by one over the course of the piece. That, to me, is brilliant.
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