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Geeking Out With James Blake on the Synths 'That Pay For Themselves' on His New Album

In December 2019, singer/songwriter/producer James Blake tested out a new, unreleased song for fans during his Piano Only tour. It was, as the name implies, just him and his piano , and for once, Blake was totally unarmed onstage.

Though he has always performed with as little extra personnel as possible -- often only accompanied by one or two other musicians -- Blake has been known to perform from within a cocoon of stacked synthesizers on three sides, leaving just enough space for him to nestle inside. For a multi-hyphenate musician known for his gear-head tendencies, attempting a short tour with a stripped-down stage left him open to his crowd in ways he hadn’t been before.

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