Mercury Winner Benjamin Clementine releases new album ‘I Tell A Fly’ to critical praise ahead of Carnegie Hall headline in the U.S. and an extensive UK & Euro tour throughou November and December

Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine released his second album I Tell A Fly late last month through Behind / Virgin EMI. Following the release, Clementine will now perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall on October 5th before heading on a lengthy UK/Euro tour this winter.

Upon release the album was received with great critical acclaim with Q describing it as “an operatic odyssey” **** and The Independent naming it as their Album Of The Week (“It’s hard not to cheer this most singular and self-possessed of pop artists, one who positively exults in his uniqueness” ****) – please see below for all press quotes. In the run-up to the album’s launch, Clementine was invited to perform live on BBC’s Later With Jools Holland where he took to tracks from I Tell A Fly, including ‘Jupiter’ and ‘God Save The Jungle’. You can watch a clip of Benjamin performing ‘Jupiter’ here.

Prior to the album’s release, Clementine performed a live session for Lauren Laverne on 6Music as well an acclaimed appearance at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival, the Guardian describing Clementine as a “rare, unvarnished and unpredictable artist”.

Speaking about the new album, Clementine says, “I have written my second piece called I Tell A Fly. In little words- it’s a story about two wandering flies finding fleet. I am neither a politician nor prophet but an artist who creates to only entertain is no better than a con. I hope this album fulfils its purpose as the continuation from At Least For Now. Thank you for your kindness, warmth, patience and  unparalleled support. Ars brevis, vita longa.”

Press quotes:

“It’s hard not to cheer this most singular and self-possessed of pop artists, one who positively exults in his uniqueness” **** Album Of The Week – The Independent
“Uniquely charged….follow Clementine’s muse and the pay-off is huge“ **** – Mojo
“It is a bravura performance, full of artistic risk and reward” **** FT
“An operatic odyssey” **** – Q Magazine
“Supremely confident as it is poetically singular, it’s evidence that BC’s vision will see him through the long haul” 8/10 Uncut
Magic, soul and grace from one of the most interesting artists around” – NME
“Truly extraordinary” – Sunday Times Culture
“Like many of the great artists, he perpetually exudes an otherworldliness. With I Tell A Fly, Clementine proves his is indeed an artist of extraordinary ability” The Line of Best Fit
“An ambitious new album of avant-garde and politically engagé gothic chansons, which touch on everything from psychoanalysis to Syria. Out of this world in every sense.” – Mr Porter
“Two years after the Mercury win and with plenty on his mind, the 28 year old is far from lacking in fresh ideas” – Noisey

 

European tour dates:

12th Nov | The October Palace Kiev, Ukraine
13th Nov | 
Izvestia Hall Moscow, Russia
15th Nov | 
The Hall Compensa Vilnius, Lithuania
16th Nov | 
MTP2 Hall Poznan, Poland
18th Nov
 | Elbphilarmonie Hamburg, Germany
19th Nov | 
Philharmonie Munich Munich, Germany
20th Nov | 
Köln Philharmonic Hall Köln, Germany
21st Nov | 
Berlin Philharmonie Berlin, Germany
22nd Nov | 
Konzerthaus Dortmund Dortmund, Germany
25th Nov | 
Cirque Royal Brussels, Belgium
27th Nov | 
Philharmonie Luxembourg Luxembourg
28th Nov | 
De Doelen Rotterdam, Netherlands
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
18th Dec | 
Arcimboldi Theatre Milan, Italy

 

 

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