James Blake Drops Video For ‘Famous Last Words,’ Announces UK Tour

In the cinematic visual for ‘Famous Last Words,’ Blake wakes up in a hospital bed, removing his oxygen mask to sing the first verse.

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James Blake - Photo: YouTube/Republic Records
James Blake - Photo: YouTube/Republic Records

GRAMMY Award-winning UK singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer James Blake has dropped a stellar music video for “Famous Last Words.”

The track stands out as the latest single from his critically acclaimed 2021 album, Friends That Break Your Heart, out now via Republic Records. The album notably marks Blake’s first new full-length album in three years.

In the cinematic visual for “Famous Last Words,” Blake wakes up in a hospital bed, removing his oxygen mask to sing the first verse. The camera follows him on a surreal journey through the night before he finds peace once again. It eloquently captures the tension and release of the album opener and continues a tradition of provocative and powerful visuals.

Earlier this Fall, James Blake announced his 2022 UK and Europe tour dates. Produced by Live Nation, the 11-show tour will kick off on April 30th in Glasgow at the O2 Academy and wrap with a final show at London’s Alexandra Palace on May 17th.

Friends That Break Your Heart has garnered both fan and critical acclaim since its release last week. It was lauded as “James Blake in his richest, rawest form” (NME); “His most beautiful work to date” (DIY); “an excellent showcase of Mr. Blake’s gifts” (The Wall Street Journal); and “a record full of mesmerizingly brilliant composition and some of the most accomplished songwriting of Blake’s career” (The i).

James Blake has produced choice cuts on Frank Ocean’s Blonde and Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. as well as JAY-Z’s 4:44 and Beyoncé’s Lemonade—to which he also lent his voice in both cases. Feature appearances span “Stop Trying to Be God” with Stevie Wonder and Kid Cudi on Travis Scott’s epic ASTROWORLD and “King’s Dead” with Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, and Future from the chart-dominating Black Panther: The Album. The latter not only went triple-platinum, but it also earned Blake his first Grammy Award in the category of “Best Rap Performance.”

Buy or stream Friends That Break Your Heart.

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