Track of the Day: 'Limit to Your Love'

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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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