I Tell A Fly, the new album from Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine, will now be released on September 29, through Behind / Virgin EMI. The news arrives close on the tail of Clementine’s new single ‘Jupiter’ (out now), which follows previous singles ‘Phantom Of Aleppoville’ and ‘God Save The Jungle’ - the latter premiering via 6Music, for whom Benjamin recently played a Lauren Laverne live session - and an acclaimed appearance at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival, the Guardian describing Clementine as a “rare, unvarnished and unpredictable artist… evoking David Bowie, Radiohead and Anonhi”. Recently the subject of The South Bank Show, Benjamin Clementine's I Tell A Fly follows debut album At Least For Now, which was awarded the Mercury in 2015 and a collaboration this year with Damon Albarn for the latest Gorillaz album. To follow the release of I Tell A Fly, Clementine will play a series of UK & European headline dates through November and December, including London’s Brixton Academy on December 5th. A New York show at Carnegie Hall is also on sale for October 5. Listen to ‘Jupiter’ here.
Informed by a U.S. visa describing him as ‘an alien’, new single Jupiter’ finds Clementine exploring ideas of identity, 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 anymore, 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”.
Edmonton singer, songwriter and poet Benjamin Clementine has today unveiled his first new music since being awarded 2015’s Mercury Music Prize for his debut album At Least For Now. Entitled ‘Phantom Of Aleppoville’ the track was written, recorded and produced by Clementine and follows his recent collaboration with Gorillaz on ‘Hallelujah Money’. Clementine has also announced a series of UK & European headline dates for November and December 2017, including London’s Brixton Academy on December 5th. A New York show at Carnegie Hall has already been announced for October 5.
Accompanied by a video shot by photographer Craig McDean and filmmaker Masha Vasyukova, Clementine composed ‘Phantom Of Aleppoville’ after being affected by the writing of pioneering British
psychoanalyst Donald Winicott. He wrote extensively about children who have experienced bullying in the home and at school, discovering that while the trauma was naturally not comparable in scale to
that suffered by children displaced by war, its effects followed similar patterns. Seeing in Winicott’s writing a mirror of his own childhood experiences, Clementine chose the title – the “little
city of Aleppo” – to symbolise a place where children encounter such bullying. Says Clementine, “Aleppoville is a place where many are bullied if not all, but no one understands nor see why;
Benjamin Clementine released his debut album At Least For Now in January 2015. The album secured Clementine the UK Mercury Prize and in France the ‘Best New Act’ honours at Les Victories de la Musique, whilst in the U.S Clementine featured on the cover of the New York Times, interviewed by David Byrne. Clementine is especially beloved for his emotionally charged live performances. The Guardian, in a five star live-review, describing the artist as “a true original… his intense songs, autobiographical and elliptical as they are, could not conceivably be anyone else.”
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
Pre-sale from 10am Wednesday 31.05.17
General sale from 10am Friday 02.06.17