No one could tell when James Blake burst onto the scene with intricate, sample-heavy compositions that he would morph into such a convincing singer in such a short time. His CMYK EP was built around bits of reappropriated '90s R&B chopped nearly into dust, but Blake garnered the most acclaim with his own voice, centering new compositions entirely on his vocals and piano. But, as striking as those two elements are, it's the space between them that makes his songs so haunting. He's a master of atmosphere, and when he reins a song in, there's a tension that few young artists could hope to match. Blake's range is impressive, but not as impressive as his restraint. With Chairlift. 18+.
Wed., Sept. 28, 7 p.m., 2011