The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every facet of everyday life. From a macro perspective, It has changed the way workplaces function, altered city populations and shifted the way that many people interact with each other. On a social level, the pandemic has built or ended certain romantic relationships, brought some families closer together and tested many friendships. Throughout his newest album, Friends That Break Your Heart, James Blake tests the latter of the three topics mentioned.
“There’s a lot of people I know who are experiencing their friendships being pulled in two directions,” James Blake told the New York Post about his new album.
“There was a lot of fear around the pandemic [that caused] people losing touch with people. Suddenly people didn’t have room for each other in their lives because they were making changes in their lives, and people were sort of finding that, ‘Oh, maybe I don’t fit in this person’s life anymore,’ or the other way around.”
James Blake explores the ups and downs of maintaining, losing or building friendships with a few friends of his own. J.I.D and SZA stand alone as the sole features on this album. Frank Dukes, Dominic Maker and Metro Boomin’ also offer production on the album. Check out Friends That Break Your Heart below.