The London born 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 titled “I Tell A Fly” — due for release September 29 with a single ‘Jupiter’ out now.
We thought ‘Phantom Of Aleppoville’ — a classic instrumental piece with an Orff-like cantata at its core — had great ambiance and deep feel.
Informed by a U.S. visa describing him as ‘an alien’ — new single “Jupiter” finds Clementine exploring ideas of identify, both personal and universal.
“Seeing my visa just opened everything for me…” says Clementine.
“Saying ‘Jupiter’ for me was like saying ‘Europa’, or ‘England’, or ‘Edmonton’. Me wandering around in America….there was Trump and Clinton, there was the Orlando attack, the New Orleans attack — here I was thinking I was living in a safe place, but nothing was really safe any more, or ever. It’s a poke at people being called aliens by some people — like we’re from another planet. I think we’re all forever aliens…”
We had an early listen of ‘Jupiter’ —
The earthy voice flits from ochre to rich golden clay as a melody entwines the wefty threads of rhythm before it lolls itself down in the indefinable virtues of extravagant non-membership.
Pre-order ‘I Tell A Fly’: https://BenjaminClementine.lnk.to/ITellAFly
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