James Blake has shared a cover of the traditional English Christmas carol ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’. He was approached by Apple Music to record the holiday song as part of the platform’s holiday cover series. Check out James Blake’s rendition of ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’ below.
“Look man, all the pop Christmas songs have been covered a million times. I’m not going to out-sing Mariah,” Blake told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. “I have a huge fondness for choral music, Anglican Church spiritual vibes, even though I’m not particularly religious. There’s something very appealing to me about the feeling I get from classical choral music. And I loved it when Jeff Buckley did that cover of ‘Corpus Christi.’ In the back of my mind, there’s always been a thing where I’ve got to tackle something [like that].”
James Blake is releasing a new Covers EP on December 11. It includes his covers of Frank Ocean’s ‘Godspeed’ and Roberta Flack’s ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’.