Don't Miss It

Album: Assume Form (2019)
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Songfacts®:

  • This sparse, piano-led ballad begins with a heavily Auto-Tuned James Blake toying with going into hiding.

    The world has shut me out
    If I give everything I'll lose everything
    I could avoid going outside
    I could avoid wasting my life


    By the end of the song, Blake is eulogizing hanging out with his "favorite person."
  • "Don't Miss It" tells a frank story of Blake learning to manage his anxiety. He explained in an iTunes track by track: "There are big chunks of my life I can't remember - moments I didn't enjoy when I should have. Loves I wasn't a part of. Heroes I met that I can't really remember the feeling of meeting. Because I was so wrapped up in myself. And I think that's what this is - the inner monologue of an egomaniac."
  • The song was released on June 4, 2018. When a mixed review by Pitchfork labeled "Don't Miss It" as "sad boy" music, James Blake called the term "unhealthy and problematic when used to describe men just openly talking about their feelings."
  • The song was produced by Blake alongside Dominic Maker of electronic music duo Mount Kimbie. The collaboration is presumably pay back for Blake featuring on Mount Kimbie's 2017 single "We Go Home Together."

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