Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine has announced plans for his much-anticipated second album, I Tell A Fly, which will be released through Behind / Virgin EMI on September 15.
Introduced recently by ‘Phantom Of Aleppoville’, I Tell A Fly follows debut album At Least For Now, which was awarded the Mercury in 2015. Having recently collaborated with Damon Albarn for the latest Gorillaz album, Clementine has also announced a series of UK & European headline dates for November and December, including London’s Brixton Academy on December 5th.
Details of I Tell A Fly arrive alongside the latest new track to emerge from the album, ‘God Save The Jungle’. With a title which plays ironically on the British National Anthem, it is an elegant, sardonic song which alludes to the notorious Calais camp.
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.”
‘I Tell A Fly’
1 Farewell Sonata
2 God Save The Jungle
3 Better Sorry Than A Safe
4 Phantom Of Aleppoville
5 Paris Cor Blimey
7 Ode From Joyce
8 One Awkward Fish
9 By The Ports Of Europe
11 Ave Dreamer
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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,