Track of the Day: 'Limit to Your Love'

Past TracksOver the spectrum of sound, there are various chords that bring about pure, unadulterated sadness the instant they're played. Just by pressing the correct piano keys to form a minor 9th is to enter a state of overpowering, mournful ennui. It's just a particularly sad chord. To be able to construct a complete song around such chords is like having a license to make your own anti-depressant medication.

James Blake has done such a task in "Limit to Your Love," with its elegiac chord progressions, dub-style echo chamber, and weighted voice. Strange symbols inhabit the video--of spinning fruit and garbage heaps--which I don't particularly understand, but when enveloped by the surreal and powerful effects of the song, all of these elements take on a new forlorn connotation. What that meaning is, I can't say, but it feels important.


On iTunes: James Blake / "Limit to Your Love"

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Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones is a Washington, D.C.-based writer whose work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, Morning News, Washington City Paper, and the Awl.

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