James Blake announces new solo piano concerts

On the heels of his fourth studio album, the British musician will be returning to the US for a short run of "solo piano" concerts in December.

The four intimate shows will take place on December 10 and 11 at Ace Theatre in Los Angeles, as well as on December 17 and 18 at the Harvey Theatre in New York City.

According to UDiscoverMusic, the solo piano concerts will see Blake perform songs from his critically acclaimed catalogue of original music and collaborations.

Over the last decade, the "Retrograde" vocalist has become one of the most sought-after producer-songwriters, working with the likes of Beyoncé, Bon Iver, Chance the Rapper, Frank Ocean and most recently Rosalía.

The Catalan singer is one of the guest musicians appearing on Blake's fourth studio album, "Assume Form," which was released last January.

Additional contributors include Travis Scott, Moses Sumney, André 3000 as well as Atlanta producer and DJ Metro Boomin.

During a conversation with Grammy Museum Artistic Director Scott Goldman, Blake opened up about the genesis of his fourth studio effort.

"I'd spent a lot of time making music for other people, so I felt a little over-stretched, though excited too as there's a lot of positivity comes from working with other people. I needed to remind myself of what I do and make my own statement," he explained.

In addition to releasing "Assume Form," Blake also recently penned an essay about his struggle with mental health issues and masculinity, in order "to show how a privileged, relatively rich-and-famous-enough-for-zero-pity white man could become depressed, against all societal expectations."

The piece notably appears on the collection "It's Not OK to Feel Blue (and other lies)" by writer and activist Scarlett Curtis.

Tickets for Blake's solo piano shows will go on sale November 15 at 12 pm (PST), with additional information available on the musician's website.