PHOTO CREDIT: HARVEY PEARSON
MOON LANDING HOAX // NEW SINGLE // OUT NOW
SOME THINGS BREAK // NEW LP // 9 FEBRUARY 2024
UK TOUR // APRIL 2024
Preorder and Presave Some Things Break: https://benleftwich.ffm.to/somethingsbreak
BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH has announced he will embark on his headline UK tour in April 2024 performing eight dates beginning at Leeds Brudenell Social Club. To celebrate the tour announcement, Benjamin has also released his new single MOON LANDING HOAX, taken from the forthcoming new album SOME THINGS BREAK to be released on 9 February 2024 via Dirty Hit.
The live video for Moon Landing Hoax was directed by Harvey Pearson and stars Jamie Squire from The 1975 performing live alongside Benjamin.
Talking about the new single, Benjamin says: “To me this song is about healing, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly, and about all the mad shit one an get up to or into on that winding road. I’m so excited to be back on the road next year and to play many new and old songs live again.”
The full schedule for the tour is as follows:
Thu 04 LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
Fri 05 KENDAL Brewery Arts Centre
Sat 06 EDINBURGH Summerhall
Mon 08 MANCHESTER Band On The Wall
Tue 09 BRISTOL Lantern
Wed 10 LONDON Earth Theatre
Thu 11 CARDIFF Acapela Studio
Sat 13 DUBLIN Workman’s Club
Tickets go on sale at 10am on FRIDAY 24 NOVEMBER from: www.benjaminfrancisleftwich.com
Acclaimed for his live shows and their intimate, honest atmosphere, Benjamin Francis Leftwich has always given his material a fresh perspective when adapting them for the stage. As well as older fan favourites, he will also be performing songs from the new Some Things Break album.
The album consists of ten brand new tracks, all written and performed by Leftwich and follows his previous album To Carry A Whale, released in 2021. It sees a subtle reinvention in Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s sound and the honesty laid bare in the album’s lyrics. Of this new direction, Leftwich says:
“It feels like a new voice, in a way. I guess a more human and perhaps a more surrendered voice. Learning to hold onto certain things and let go of others, with as much grace as possible … I feel like I’m hiding less on this record. Ultimately I think it’s a record about a kind of slow acceptance that some things break and, for me, sometimes that necessary for healing.”
SOME THINGS BREAK TRACK LISTING:
- I’m Always Saying Sorry
- Moon Landing Hoax
- Break In The Weather
- New York
- Some Things Break
- Spokane, Washington
- God’s Best
- A Love Like That
- Only You
- Don’t Give Up On Light
Some Things Break was written over the course of the past two years at locations across the globe including London, Nashville, Washington and Stockholm. It was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Jimmy Hogarth, who has produced for the likes of Amy Winehouse, Sia and Antony and The Johnsons. Some Things Break also features collaborations with fellow songwriters Mikky Ekko, Jamie Squire from The 1975 and Jon Green. The album was mixed by Jonathan Gilmore and mastered by Robin Schmidt.
As well as a broader range in Leftwich’s voice, the album features a richer instrumentation compared to the more stripped back sound of his earlier work. His unmistakable acoustic guitar remains present throughout, but at times is backed with the sounds of piano, choirs, subtle drum beats and effects that help create a dense and layered soundscape for his candid and vulnerable lyrics.
Aside from his own material, Benjamin’s songwriting, co-writing and collaborations with other artists have grown and evolved hugely over the past few years. Artists he has written with recently include The 1975, Nick Mulvey, CMAT, Holly Humberstone and Rachel Chinouriri.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich is a highly acclaimed York-born singer and songwriter and the first act to be signed by Dirty Hit Records (The 1975, Wolf Alice, Beabadoobee, Pale Waves, Bleachers). His first album, Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm, debuted in the UK Top 40 in 2011. It included the hit singles Atlas Hands and Shine and was praised by fans and critics alike for the new artist’s disarming honesty, with his lyrics lauded for their candidness and vulnerability. His arrival heralded a boom in the UK singer songwriter scene and led to Leftwich being a stalwart on radio stations and festival stages throughout the UK.
Following a five year hiatus, Leftwich returned in 2016 with new album After The Rain, a critically acclaimed release dubbed as, “fragile, precious and oddly comforting” by The Guardian in their 4* review. He followed that with third album Gratitude in 2019, deemed “graceful and honest” by DIY magazine, before releasing To Carry A Whale in 2021. The record was met with further critical praise, with Clash magazine declaring Leftwich “a master at sculpting gentle soundscapes that deliver raw reflections”.
Some Things Break will be released on 9 February 2024 via Dirty Hit.