James Blake has announced a new album, Friends That Break Your Heart, and revealed the lead single “Say What You Will.” In support, the UK crooner has also mapped out a US tour for this fall.

Set for release on September 10th, Friends That Break Your Heart spans 12 tracks and features appearances from SZA, JID, SwaVay, and Monica Martin. Blake describes the record as a “concept album.”

As for the lead single, “Say What You Will” arrives with an accompanying music video co-starring Finneas. In an accompanying statement, Blake said the track is “about finding peace with who you are and where you’re at regardless of how well other people seem to be doing. Comparison really is the thief of joy.” Watch the video below.


Pre-orders for Friends That Break Your Heart are ongoing. The album art and tracklist can be found under the “Say What You Will” video.

Kicking off on September 15th, Blake’s 15-date US tour includes high-profile gigs at the Greek Theatre in San Francisco, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the Chicago Theatre in Chicago, and Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Tickets will be available to the general public via Ticketmaster on Friday, July 30th at 10:00 a.m. local time. Look on the secondary market for deals after they sell out.

In December, Blake released a six-track covers EP featuring his re-workings of songs by Beyoncé, Billie Eilish, and Joy Division.

Friends That Break Your Heart Artwork:

james blake say what you will friends that break your heart album cover artwork

Friends That Break Your Heart Tracklist:
01. Famous Last Words
02. Life Is Not the Same
03. Coming Back (feat. SZA)
04. Funeral
05. Frozen (feat. JID & SwaVay)
06. I’m So Blessed You’re Mine
07. Foot Forward
08. Show Me (feat. Monica Martin)
09. Say What You Will
10. Lost Angel Nights
11. Friends That Break Your Heart
12. If I’m Insecure

James Blake 2021 Tour Dates:
09/16 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
09/19 – San Francisco, CA @ Greek Theatre
09/21 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
09/22 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
09/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
09/28 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
09/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ The State Theatre
10/02 – Detroit, MI @ Fillmore Auditorium
10/03 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
10/06 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre
10/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philadelphia
10/09 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
10/12 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
10/14 – Charlotte, NC @ Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
10/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle