Benjamin Clementine - I Tell A Fly (2017)

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Benjamin Clementine - I Tell A Fly (2017)

Benjamin Clementine - I Tell A Fly (2017)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 00:45:03 | 103 Mb
Soul, Jazz, Pop | Label: Universal Music France, Virgin EMI

I Tell a Fly is the forthcoming second album by English artist and poet Benjamin Clementine. It follows his Mercury Prize-winning debut album, At Least for Now. According to a press release, the album was written and produced by Clementine, recorded at RAK Studios. It is due to be released on 29 September 2017 in Europe and 2 October in the United States.

After his collaboration with Gorillaz on "Hallelujah Money", Clementine unveiled his first new music since being awarded 2015's Mercury Music Prize for his debut album At Least for Now accompanied by a video shot by photographer Craig McDean and filmmaker Masha Vasyukova, In conversation with David Renshaw, Clementine explains the origin of I Tell a Fly lies in a disarmingly strange line found in his American visa: "an alien of extraordinary abilities." He explains, "I was baffled for about ten minutes when I first saw that visa. 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 is taking a risk, to see what happens." On I Tell a Fly, Clementine uses 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 while maintaining a lifeblood that could not be mistaken for the work of anyone other than him.

Written, recorded and produced by Clementine, I Tell a Fly finds him exploring new musical territory on the heels of his Mercury Prize-winning debut, At Least for Now (2015). At Least for Now stretched itself across a series of piano ballads with unorthodox structures; I Tell a Fly brings a sense of theatricality and power by using whirling, interwoven instruments throughout the uncompromising release. While At Least for Now looked inward and backward, Clementine's follow-up looks outward and forward-to a changing world, ancient struggles and the individual response. Clementine composed the track "Phantom of Aleppoville" after being affected by the writing of pioneering British psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott. 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; Phantom.""God Save the Jungle" was released ahead of the album, and was called "eccentric and sardonic" by The Fader. It was written in New York City and recorded at RAK Studios in London. The Fader said the album "shows Clementine stretching the autobiographical lyrical style used on his debut to incorporate current events, touching on the refugee crisis and the war in Syria among other subjects." Clementine also explained to The Fader how being in the United States during the 2016 election campaign influenced the political aspects of the album: "I was writing about what's going on. It turned into what I was really trying to say, which was that I'm an alien. Not in the most superficial, arrogant fashion, but rather an alien who wanders around. It fits the current dilemma that we all face. It was mostly to do with the traveling. The feeling of not belonging to somewhere, just being a mere traveler, being an alien." The guardian Kate Mossman states that On I Tell a Fly, Clementine takes the unusual decision to work his own narrative of displacement into various settings of international conflict: his nomadic path, versus the plight of refugees in Calais There is a chewy song called Paris Cor Blimey, based on the tongue-twister, Peter Piper, about nationalism in France: “Paris’s friend got her little Pen from her daddy before he left.” And the flies? They’re wind-battered lovers looking for a safe haven.
01. Farewell Sonata
02. God Save the Jungle
03. Better Sorry Than a Safe
04. Phantom Of Aleppoville
05. Paris Cor Blimey
06. Jupiter
07. Ode From Joyce
08. One Awkward Fish
09. By The Ports Of Europe
10. Quintessence
11. Ave Dreamer