Klavierwerke (EP)

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EP by
Released27 September 2010
GenrePost-dubstep, UK bass,[1] downtempo[2]
ProducerJames Blake
James Blake chronology
James Blake

Klavierwerke is the third solo EP by English musician James Blake, who plays all the instruments and produced the record. It was released on R&S Records on 27 September 2010. The word "Klavierwerke" is German for "piano works", as the album is mostly built on piano.[3]


James Blake changed his style on the EP from gospel and R&B influenced dubstep on CMYK to more piano-based music.[3][4] According to Blake, the EP is "more personal" than CMYK, and its lyrics are more focused on emotion.[3] The EP has been described as "sadder and more intimate" than his previous releases,[5] and as similar to Mount Kimbie's songs.[6] The title track features some vocal static due to it being recorded on a laptop microphone. The static contrasts with the clear hand claps and bass notes.[3] The next track, "Tell Her Safe" has Blake singing over percussion, with additional light pops and clicks, and a muffled refrain.[5] The song "I Only Know (What I Know Now)" features "twisted" vocals that the BBC likened to the work of Radiohead.[6] "Don't You Think I Do", the final track, has "scattershot keys" and "cascading static" and contains some synthesizer.[5]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Resident Advisor4.0/5[5]

The album received positive reviews from music critics. In a favourable review, Mike Diver of the BBC wrote "every click beneath another click, every swoosh or sweep from computer keys through programmes and into production, is a fascinating facet of a whole that never once seems unduly overpopulated by elements that others might pronounce with greater emphasis."[6] Joe Colly of Pitchfork named "I Only Know (What I Know Now)" one of the "EP's finest moments" and gave the album a score of 8.1 out of 10.[3]

Resident Advisor gave the album 4 stars out of 5 and stated that "Blake's ingenious move is to seemingly dance around the truth, leaving the listener to figure things out."[5] In 2010, Pitchfork placed the EP and two other Blake EPs, The Bells Sketch and CMYK, collectively at number 8 on its list "The Top 50 Albums of 2010".[7]

Track listing[]

All tracks are written by James Blake.

2."Tell Her Safe"3:15
3."I Only Know (What I Know Now)"5:17
4."Don't You Think I Do"3:05


  • James Blake – writing, production
  • Matt Colton – mastering
  • Erika Wall – photograph
  • Will Bankhead – design


  1. ^ "Klavierwerke 'R&S continue their exceptional seam of golden forward-thinking UK bass music...'". The Ransome Note. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  2. ^ "James Blake James Blake - Album Review". Slant Magazine.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f Colly, Joe (30 September 2010). "James Blake: Klavierwerke EP". Pitchfork. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  4. ^ Powell, Mike (24 May 2010). "James Blake: CMYK EP". Pitchfork. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  5. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e Kuo, Ryan (4 October 2010). "James Blake – Klavierwerke EP". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  6. ^ Jump up to: a b c Diver, Mike (11 October 2010). "Review of James Blake – Klavierwerke". BBC. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  7. ^ Powell, Mike (16 December 2010). "Staff Lists: The Top 50 Albums of 2010". Pitchfork. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
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