Two years since Benjamin Clementine won the Mercury prize for his debut album, 'At Least For Now', he makes a welcome return with his follow up, 'I Tell A Fly'. Clementine's new eleven track album builds on his core vocal and piano platform to deliver a far more complex and elaborate set of songs.
Clementine's playful spirit and sometimes unconventional writing and delivery are allowed to be ever more exploratory on his new album. Here there are far less traditionally structured songs than even on his debut. Although there was plenty of theatre and varying degrees of Avant-garde on, 'At Least For Now', here on, 'I Tell A Fly', he seems unconstrained altogether.
Where there were more traditional songs; 'London', 'Cornerstone', 'Adios' etc on offer on his debut we are offered very little of the same ilk here. 'I Tell A Fly' is a fusion of ideas, a melting pot of influences and inspirations. Following in the prodigious footsteps of William Burroughs, and since him Bowie and Cobain, Benjamin Clementine seems to have taken a 'Cut-Up' approach to some of his songs. There are themes running through some of his songs but a lot of them sound like the amalgamation of two, three or, as in the case of the epic, 'Phantom Of Aleppoville', even four songs. From Film Noir through delirious mania, balladry and baroque Clementine weaves a convoluted construct based around his own experiences of bullying and the displacement and torment of war.
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Andrew Lockwood picks his favourite albums of 2015.
10. Belle & Sebastian - 'Girls In Peacetime'.
A glorious return to top form for Belle & Sebastian. 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance' contains all the bands trade mark signatures as well as introducing a few new ones. The generally up beat, playful tone of the album is full of pathos, dark humour and heartfelt musings. This is Belle & Sebastian back to their creative best. With an arty intellect and a wry take on life they have combined some of their most varied musical scores to date with more of their joyous lyrics.
9. Girl Band - 'Holding Hands With Jamie'.
A wake up call that needs to be heard. 'Holding Hands With Jamie' is a shot in the arm; a torrent of musical mayhem and magnificent noise. Distorted and unrelenting, 'Holding Hands..' is an unapologetic onslaught to the senses and a nerve tingling jolt of excitement. A quite brilliant debut.
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Benjamin Clementine - 'The Mercury Prize' winner Benjamin Clementine with his award for the album 'At Least for Now' at BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, The Mercury Prize - London, United Kingdom - Friday 20th November 2015
Benjamin Clementine - The Mercury Prize: Albums of the Year held at the BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House - Arrivals at BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, The Mercury Prize - London, United Kingdom - Friday 20th November 2015
The singer is joined by Ben Howard and George Clinton on the line-up.
Bjork has become the latest headline announcement for Wilderness Festival 2015, set to hit Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire, UK from August 6th to 9th following the release of her acclaimed ninth album 'Vulnicura' early this year. She'll appear as the main act on the Friday.
Bjork to headline Wilderness 2015
Having released the follow-up to her 2011 record 'Biophilia' in January, the popular avant-garde Icelandic singer is taking to the road in support of it in the coming months. Among the handful of dates so far announced this year, she'll be topping Friday's bill at Wilderness in the Summer, alongside previously announced headliners for Saturday and Sunday, Ben Howard and George Clinton, the latter of whom will be rocking both his bands Parliament and Funkadelic.