Benjamin Francis Leftwich has returned with new single ‘Elephant’, listen here.
‘Elephant’ is the first piece of material to surface since his acclaimed album ‘Gratitute’, released earlier this year, and is taken from a forthcoming EP due this autumn on Dirty Hit.
Where ‘Gratitude’ saw Ben embrace more electronic elements and bring darker production nuances into play, ‘Elephant’ takes him back to his roots, as those signature hushed vocals impact over an ethereal choir backdrop and delicate guitars.
Speaking about ‘Elephant’, Ben said: “For me, this song is about re-connecting with personal history and unresolved sadness through a clearer and more compassionate lens than was looked through before. I have always loved elephants for their strength, beauty and unique nature, and so using the idiom of an ‘elephant in the room’ felt right in writing about the past from a kinder and calmer perspective.
I think this song is an observation on re-engaging with past trauma for growth, rather than seeing it as something to ignore and pretend isn’t there, or never even happened.”
Today also sees Ben announce an intimate UK tour for February and March 2020, which will see him play in venues he hasn’t before around the country. The full list of dates can be found below, and tickets go on sale Wednesday 25th September at 10am.
26 – Komedia, Brighton
27 – St Stephen’s Church, London
28 – St Paul’s Church, Birmingham
04 – Sage Gateshead, Gateshead
05 – City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds
06 – The Band Room, North Yorkshire
11 – Inchyra, Perth
12 – The Barn, Banchory
13 – MacArts, Galashiels
14 – Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
20 – St George’s, Bristol
21 – St Petroc’s Church, Bodmin