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BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH ANNOUNCES BRANDNEW ALBUM‘SOME THINGS BREAK’ WILL BE RELEASED 9THFEBRUARY VIA DIRTY HITTHE ALBUM WILL FEATURE TEN TRACKS INCLUDINGNEW SINGLE ‘BREAK IN THE WEATHER’, OUT NOW
Benjamin Francis Leftwich has announced his new album ‘Some Things Break’ will bereleased Friday 9th February via Dirty Hit.
The album consists of ten brand new tracks, all written and performed by Leftwich andfollows his previous album ‘To Carry A Whale’, released in 2021.
The first single taken fromthe album, ‘Break In The Weather’ is out now and is accompanied by a live video.‘Some Things Break’ sees a subtle reinvention in Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s sound and thehonesty 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 surrenderedvoice. Learning to hold on to certain things and let go of others with as much grace aspossible…I feel like I’m hiding less on this record. Ultimately i think it’s a record about a kindof slow acceptance that some things break and for me…. sometimes that’s necessary forhealing”.
Of the single, ‘Break In The Weather’, Benjamin says:
“‘Break In The Weather’ is a song about holding onto hope for tomorrow in a wild world. It’sreally kind of a surrendered prayer for the sunlight of the spirit to come out again afterhurting and separation - whether it be relationally, emotionally or spiritually.”
Tracklist for ‘Some Things Break’ by Benjamin Francis Leftwich is as follows:
1. I'm Always Saying Sorry
2. Moon Landing Hoax
3. Break In The Weather
4. New York
5. Some Things Break
6. Spokane, Washington
7. God's Best
8. A Love Like That
9. Only You
10. Don't Give Up On Light‘
Some Things Break’ was written over the course of the past two years at locations acrossthe globe including London, Nashville, Washington and Stockholm. It was produced byGrammy Award-winning producer Jimmy Hogarth, who has also produced for the likes ofAmy Winehouse, Sia, Anohni & The Johnsons and more. ‘Some Things Break’ also featurescollaborations with fellow songwriters including Mikky Ekko, The 1975’s Jamie Squire, JonGreen and more. The album was mixed by Jonathan Gilmore and mastered by RobinSchmidt.As well as a broader range in Leftwich’s voice, ‘Some Things Break’ features a richerinstrumentation as compared to the more stripped-back sound of his earlier work.Benjamin’s unmistakable acoustic guitar playing remains present throughout, but is at timesbacked with sounds of piano, choirs, subtle drum beats and effects that altogether helpcreate a dense and layered soundscape for his candid, vulnerable lyrics.Aside from his own material, Benjamin’s songwriting, co-writing and collaboration with othersongwriters and artists has grown and evolved hugely over the past few years. Artists he haswritten with recently include The 1975, Nick Mulvey, Jasmine Jethwa, Rachel Chinouriri, CMAT and Holly Humberstone.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich is a highly-acclaimed York-born singer and songwriter and thefirst act to be signed by Dirty Hit Records. 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 andhis lyrics were lauded for their candidness and vulnerability. His arrival heralded a boom inthe UK singer-songwriter scene, and along with a tropical house remix by then-newDJ-producer Kygo, lead to Leftwich being a stalwart on radio stations and festival stagesacross the country. Following a 5 year hiatus, Leftwich returned with new album the 2016 album ‘After TheRain’, a critically acclaimed album dubbed “fragile, precious, oddly comforting” by TheGuardian in their 4-star review of the album. He followed that with third album ‘Gratitude’ in2019, which was deemed “graceful and honest” by DIY Magazine, before releasing 2021’s‘To Carry A Whale’. The record was met with critical praise, with CLASH Magazine declaringLeftwich “a master at sculpting gentle soundscapes that deliver raw reflections”.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s new album ‘Some Things Break’ will be released Friday 9thFebruary via Dirty Hit. New single ‘Break In The Weather’ is out now.