Morning groove: James Blake, “Limit to Your Love”

Electronic musician James Blake covers the Feist song “Limit to Your Love”—I’ve been haunted by this track for a couple of days, and I’ve finally figured out why. Part of it is Blake’s rich, brittle vocals, which really stand out in this spare production. But I think it’s also the video’s subtle take on technology: in screen-lit chiarascuro, Blake sings as someone who knows the lure, and the limits, of being technosocial. The connections are vital and real—but there are whole rooms full of shadowy stuff that never goes online. We’re still mysteries to one another, and to ourselves. And the tools, the stuff we use to exercise control, is always slithering away to take on lives of its own. No matter how close we swerve, there’s a limit.

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