Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s fourth album comes with a heavy title: To Carry a Whale. “It’s an observation on what it’s like to be a sober alcoholic addict a couple of years in,” he explains. “A whale is heavy to carry. It’s gonna hurt you to carry it. But it’s also beautiful, and it’s a miracle to be able to carry all that at all.”
London-based Yorkshireman Leftwich is now 31 and a decade away from his debut album, when he was one of the first signings to the Dirty Hit label – still his home alongside The 1975, Wolf Alice and Beabadoobee.
Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm cracked the top 40 in 2011 and included Shine – a cute, romantic indie folk ballad that was remixed by tropical house king Kygo and named by Spotify
their “most addictive song of 2014”, as the song that was repeat-played most often that year.
We spoke to Benjamin about the new album, touring, Southend and other things. You can listen to the interview, and two of the songs from his album here –
And you can find out more about him, his tour dates, and order the album here – https://www.benjaminfrancisleftwich.com/