One of our favourite artists — the singer, songwriter and poet BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE — who received the Mercury Music Prize for debut album At Least for Now in 2015 has announced a new track “Phantom Of Aleppoville.”
Born in Crystal Palace and raised in Edmonton, North London, as a child Clementine loved poetry, in particular works by William Blake and TS Eliot and sought archaic words to incorporate them into his vocabulary.
He began piano at the age of 11 and found he had a tendency for intricate music.
He says he became “bored” with the state of popular music and so began to imitate composers like Erik Satie and Claude Debussy.
At 19, Clementine moved to France and became down-and-out in Paris. Though in time he became a figure of worship on the city’s musical and artistic scene.
Following his recent collaboration with Gorillaz on ‘Humanz’ Clementine has released a new track — ‘Phantom Of Aleppoville’. The musician also announced a series of UK & European headline dates for November and December 2017 [full list below video] including London’s Brixton Academy on December 5th. A New York show at Carnegie Hall has already been announced for October 5
Clementine says he composed Phantom Of Aleppoville after being struck by the pioneering studies of British psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott who has written extensively on children whose bullying at home and school had effects that followed models similar to children displaced by war.
Says Clementine, “Aleppoville is a place where many are bullied if not all, but no one understands nor sees why; Phantom.”
We had a listen —
Phantom Of Aleppoville is a classic instrumental with an Orff-like cantata as its central piece and with great ambiance and deep feel at its core.
It has rat-a-tatty rhythms and a frenzy of notes furnished in baroque harpsichord-style in an arrangement that would not embarrass Johann Sebastian Bach.
This is a work of great size, motion and depth.
30th Nov Dome Concert Hall Brighton, UK
1st Dec Birmingham Town Hall, Birmingham, UK
3rd Dec O2 Academy, Leeds, UK
4th Dec The Ritz, Manchester, UK
5th Dec Brixton Academy, London, UK
6th Dec The Sage Gateshead Gateshead, UK
8th Dec Colston Hall One, Bristol, UK
Other European Dates:
12th Nov The October Palace, Kiev, Ukraine
13th Nov Izvestia Hall, Moscow, Russia
15th Nov The Hall Compensa, Vilnius, Lithuania
16th Nov MTP2 Hall, Poznan, Poland
18th Nov Elbphilarmonie, Hamburg, Germany
19th Nov Philharmonie Munich Munich, Germany
20th Nov Köln Philharmonic Hall, Köln, Germany
21st Nov Berlin Philharmonie Berlin, Germany
22nd Nov Konzerthaus, Dortmund Dortmund, Germany
25th Nov Cirque Royal, Brussels, Belgium
27th Nov Philharmonie, Luxembourg Luxembourg
28th Nov De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
18th Dec Arcimboldi Theatre, Milan, Italy