Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Gratitude
Finally can see it. I’ve landed on the ground. Look at all the peace I’ve found. Lighter in the mornings, I appreciate the sound of birds out in the garden now.
Having wrestled with his demons over the last few years, the first lyrics on his new album see Benjamin Francis Leftwich, sounding
There has always been a connection between singer and the listener in terms of his writing. Fans seek that reassurance that things are better going forward, than looking back, and each album seeks to reassure the audience that it is so.
While his life view and poetic sensibilities are once again to the fore, Ben has also tried to move on in terms of his sound. Grouped with the “Nu-folk” movement of artists such as Laura Marling and Noah and the Whale, ‘Gratitude’ sees a move away from that wholly acoustic sound and sees the introduction of some electronica, loops and programmed drum and vocals.
On tracks such as ‘Big Fish’ and ‘I Got You’ this underscores and
Look ma, I ain’t done growing. My blind eyes are slowly opening again.
But the repeated sampled operatic youth’s vocal under the recorded track, simply muddies the message, and detracts from an otherwise lovely song.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s lyrics, like all the best
‘Gratitude’ is available now on Dirty Hit Records