James Blake and Chairlift played Metro (pics)
photos by Grant MacAllister
In theory James Blake isn't doing anything truly novel or revolutionary in his tactical approach to making his music. Using effected & repetitive choruses, mixing in adroit keyboard skills, and using highly slowed down electronic beats are all musical maneuvers that James certainly didn't come up with. Yet, through combining these aforementioned tactics with his own singular song writing feel, we sincerely are left with music that is the definition of original, something which has not been attempted before.
It wasn't too long since James - who is the leader of three musicians that make up his live act - had played Chicago, as his set this summer at Pitchfork Festival 2011 was one of the weekend's best. On Thursday night (9/29) at Metro, possibly the city's finest mid-sized venue, there was a feeling of atmospheric appropriateness for James' music, being an intimate & indoor night-time event, that his summer festival show didn't offer the audience. James is, after all, a seemingly very calm and reserved individual. So is the rest of the band. No matter the tempo or energy of their music, they always stay cool, calm and collected and in doing so create for a very relaxed and amiable crowd energy. [OurVinyl.com]
More pictures of the headliner and opening act Chairlift are below..