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James Blake Announces New Album 'Friends That Break Your Heart', Posts Finneas Collaboration

Friday, 23 July 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

James Blake has enlisted Finneas for a collaborative single, Say What You Will.

Filled with soft piano, strings and haunting vocals, the sombre, introspective song marks the first time the super producers have worked together, and Blake's first release since his two 2020 EPs, 'Before' and 'Covers'. 

It arrives after the Grammy Award-winner teased the team up on Instagram, sharing a picture of himself standing in front of magazines with Finneas, aka Billie Eilish's brother, on the cover. Blake said:

"The song is about finding peace with who you are and where you’re at regardless of how well other people seem to be doing. Comparison really is the thief of joy."

The song will feature on his newly announced follow-up to 2019's 'Assume Form', 'Friends That Break Your Heart', due out on September 10. The 32-year-old has described it as a "concept album" and worked alongside artist Miles Johnston to create a cover encapsulating the range of emotions experienced by listening to the record. 

He'll support it with a 15-date North American tour later in 2021, kicking off on September 16 in San Diego before stops in cities such as Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta, among others. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on July 30.

'Friends That Break Your Heart' tracklist:

1. Famous Last Words
2. Life Is Not The Same
3. Coming Back (feat. SZA)
4. Funeral
5. Frozen (feat. JID & SwaVay)
6. I’m So Blessed You’re Mine
7. Foot Forward
8. Show Me (feat. Monica Martin)
9. Say What You Will
10. Lost Angel Nights
11. Friends That Break Your Heart
12. If I’m Insecure

James Blake Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Thu September 16 2021 - SAN DIEGO California - Observatory - North Park (USA)
Sun September 19 2021 - BERKELEY California - Greek Theatre - U.C. Berkeley (USA)
Tue September 21 2021 - PORTLAND Oregon - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (USA)
Wed September 22 2021 - SEATTLE Washington - Paramount Theatre - Seattle (USA)
Sat September 25 2021 - LOS ANGELES California - Hollywood Bowl (USA)
Tue September 28 2021 - DENVER Colorado - Fillmore Auditorium - Colorado (USA)
Thu September 30 2021 - MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota - State Theatre - MN (USA)
Sat October 02 2021 - DETROIT Michigan - Fillmore - Detroit (USA)
Sun October 03 2021 - CHICAGO Illinois - Chicago Theatre (USA)
Wed October 06 2021 - BOSTON Massachusetts - Wang Theater At The Boch Center (USA)
Fri October 08 2021 - PHILADELPHIA Pennsylvania - Fillmore - Philadelphia (USA)
Sat October 09 2021 - NEW YORK New York - Radio City Music Hall (USA)
Tue October 12 2021 - WASHINGTON District Of Columbia - Anthem - D.C. (USA)
Wed October 13 2021 - CHARLOTTE North Carolina - Belk Theatre at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (USA)
Fri October 15 2021 - ATLANTA Georgia - Tabernacle - GA (USA)

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