BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE I Tell A Fly DOUBLE LP Vinyl NEW 2017
God Save The Jungle
Better Sorry Than A Safe
Phantom Of Aleppoville
Paris Cor Blimey
Ode From Joyce
One Awkward Fish
By The Ports Of Europe
Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine has announced plans for his much-anticipated second album, ‘I Tell A Fly’, which will be released through Behind / Virgin EMI on September 15. Introduced recently by ‘Phantom Of Aleppoville’, ‘I Tell A Fly’ follows debut album ‘At Least For Now’, which was awarded the Mercury in 2015. Having recently collaborated with Damon Albarn for the latest Gorillaz album, Clementine has also announced a series of UK & European headline dates for November and December, including London’s Brixton Academy on December 5th. A New York show at Carnegie Hall has already been announced for October 5.
In 2013 Benjamin Clementine, a seemingly perfectly-formed star appeared as if out of nowhere. It wasn’t far from the truth for a young man not long before driven by despair to start singing and performing, and whose richly complex formative history would take him from teaching himself to play classical music in a strict, Christian Edmonton household to become one of the most compelling and unique artists of recent times. But whereas Clementine’s debut album, ‘At Least For Now’, looked inwards and backwards, follow-up ‘I Tell A Fly’ looks forwards and outwards; to a changing world, ancient struggles, and the individual response.
‘An alien of extraordinary abilities’ started it all: at first glance, a disarmingly unusual line issued as part of Benjamin’s American visa, but - quickly – the inspiration for a play (which became a narrative-led album) broadly exploring the concept of the alien, the migrant, the stranger, or the refugee. “I was baffled for about ten minutes when I first saw that visa,” Benjamin says now. “But then I thought to myself, I am an alien. I’m a wanderer. In most places I’ve been, I’ve always been different. And so I began to think about the story of a couple of birds, who are in love: one is afraid to go further, and the other one is taking a risk, to see what happens.” The album’s startling first release, ‘Phantom Of Aleppoville’, introduces this theme of all those forced to ‘fly’, having been informed by British psychoanalyst Donald Winicott (who wrote extensively about bullying in the home and the comparative psychological experiences of those displaced by war). Indeed throughout, ‘I Tell A Fly’ sees Benjamin use his personal history as a prism through which to view the world around him (and attempt to make sense of both), musically exploring unknown territories whilst maintaining a lifeblood which could not be mistaken for the work of anyone other than himself.