Benjamin Francis Leftwich is hitting London venues in support of his upcoming second album, ‘After The Rain’.
The Yorkshire singer, who rose to prominence with his 2011 debut ‘Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm’, is performing two acoustic in-stores in August – at Fopp Covent Garden on the 19th and Rough Trade West on the 20th. He returns to the capital a month later with a headline show at Islington Assembly Hall on 22 September 2016.
Although ‘Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm’ has sold over 100 000 copies and hit over 150-million plays on Spotify, its success was bittersweet – at the height of his success, his father passed away.
“I just knew that I needed to not do this for a while,” Leftwich remembers of the time. “For me, I just needed to live outside of music.”
The album, produced by Charlie Andrew (Alt-J, Money), opens with ‘Tilikum’, which was written in living room opposite his father’s old house.
“If one person emails me and says ‘This is the most moving song I’ve ever heard and it really helped me’ – if it gets one person like that, I’d be really happy,” he says.
The accompanying video, filmed in the Dartmoor foothills, symbolises his emotional journey over the past five years.
“I really wanted to film something special in a really desolate but beautiful part of the world to convey the sense of loneliness and desperation vs the future and hope that I feel in the song,” says Leftwich.
In the lead up to the album’s release, the musician is revealing a new track every week. These have included the lead single ‘Mayflies’, its follow-up ‘Summer’, ‘Groves’, and ‘Kicking Roses’, the most electronic-focused song on ‘After The Rain’.
- ‘After The Rain’ is released on 19 August 2016.