james blake announces new album with murals by roald dahl illustrator quentin blake
The two Blakes put “The Colour in Anything” murals up in London and Brooklyn this week.
Three years after the release of Overgrown, James Blake is finally teasing a new album. Following the release of several new tracks over the past few months ("Modern Soul" in February, "RPG" in March, and "Timeless" in April), the singer-producer seems to have commissioned artist Sir Quentin Blake, the famed illustrator of Roald Dahl's Matilda and James and the Giant Peach, to create two new album-related murals. The first, a four-panel watercolor-esque illustration of two dark, gloomy countryside scenes, captioned "The Colour in Anything," went up on Great Eastern Street in London last week. The mural's legitimacy was somewhat confirmed when the producer retweeted the images and Instagrammed the artist at work. Today, it appears a second mural has gone up at North 15th Street and Banker in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, reading: "James Blake The Colour in Anything."
It is pretty safe to say that the new album is titled The Colour in Anything, and not Radio Silence as we previously thought. And this new promotion effort implies that the record will be released rather soon, especially considering that Blake announced on BBC Radio 1 that the 18-track album was finally finished in mid-April.
Text Blair Cannon
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