James Blake Delivers Spellbinding Cover of ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ on ‘Fallon’: Watch

James Blake is the sort of artist who you know and love, or you’re yet to discover.

On Thursday night (Nov. 19), the electronic artist and producer changed tac for a haunting cover of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” on The Tonight Show.

Performing at a grand piano with no pyrotechnics, smoke machines or digital wizardry, Blake stripped it right back to the core. It was a moment that should thrust Blake into new audiences, win him more friends.

Brit Blake first came to recognition in the 2010s with a string of EPs, and his critically-launched, self-titled 2011 album. Its followup, 2013’s Overgrown, won the coveted Mercury Music Prize and a Grammy for best new artist.

His fourth full-length album, 2019’s Assume Form, reached No. 21 on the Billboard 200 and No. 6 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart, a career-high in both territories.

“The First Time” was written by Ewan MacColl in Peggy Seeger in the 1950s and was a major hit for Roberta Flack in the 1970s. It’s Blake’s latest single.

Watch below.

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