All about the Ben­jamin

Esquire (UK) - - Culture -

On his sec­ond al­bum, Ben­jamin Clemen­tine con­tin­ues to fash­ion his own, very ex­tra­or­di­nary thing

Whether you think he’s an avant­garde ge­nius or a cat­er­waul­ing odd­ball, or quite pos­si­bly both, it’s ir­refutable that there’s no one quite like Ben­jamin Clemen­tine on the Bri­tish mu­sic scene right now. With

I Tell a Fly, the fol­low-up to his 2015 Mer­cury Prize-win­ning al­bum At Least for Now, he’s once again mak­ing some­thing won­der­ful and strange: a col­lec­tion of strik­ingly gothic pop songs based around his sig­na­ture pi­ano and ex­tra­or­di­nary Nina Si­mone-es­que voice, in­spired by the theme of flight, es­cape and oth­er­ness. In his work Clemen­tine seems to de­sire to please no one but him­self, and in do­ing so will please a great many.

I Tell a Fly (Be­hind/Vir­gin EMI) is out on 15 Septem­ber

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