James Blake is gearing up for the release of his Covers EP, which drops on December 11th, and now he’s gotten in the holiday spirit with a cover of “In the Bleak Midwinter,” exclusively through Apple Music.
Blake was approached by Apple Music to record a holiday track, and he decided to pick an old British track he loves, adding his own twist to the 1906 Gustav Holst track.
“Look man, all the pop Christmas songs have been covered a million times. I’m not going to out-sing Mariah,” Blake tells 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].”
Listen to Blake’s cover of “In the Bleak Midwinter” below.