The critically acclaimed, Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine released his long-awaited third album ‘And I Have Been’ last fall. A ‘Part Two’ will follow soon and could prove to be his final album - he professes to be an artist whose music is only one element of his creative journey, most notable with his debut acting role as Herald of the Change in Denis Villeneuve’s multiple Oscar-winning film ‘Dune’.
‘And I Have Been’ continues Benjamin’s
adventures as a singular artist who delivers style, poise and poetry in equal measure. His experimental and at times avant-garde approach to chamber pop and his enigmatic presence, velveteen baritone and literary streak defies simple categorisation.
Benjamin says, “‘And I Have Been’ was conceived during Covid. Like everyone, I was also confronted with a lot of lessons, complications and epiphanies to do with sharing my path with someone special. ‘Part One’ is just setting the scene, it’s the tip of the iceberg which sets the scene for ‘Part Two’, which goes deeper.”
‘And I Have Been’ was entirely written, performed and produced by Benjamin Clementine. It was primarily written high in the mountains of Santa Monica and the small town of Ojai in California. Sessions were split between Los Angeles and London before the songs were finished at his home studio in Ojai, where Benjamin has amassed a collection of vintage analogue equipment. He compares his quest for perfection to being stuck between rattlesnakes and coyotes: an impossible balancing act between impeccable precision and the need for the imperfections that only a human touch can provide.
The album has been launched alongside its lead single ‘Genesis’. The higher register of Benjamin’s
voice explores the nuances of cultural identity, while a woozy, seasick rhythm complements lyrics which talk of nomadically travelling with no destination in mind.
Benjamin Clementine, July 27, Patttihio Theater - the only chance to see the performance of a brilliant artist in Cyprus.