The smoky, nostalgic new track reconsiders past trauma
Jessie Atkinson
14:45 21st September 2019

Benjamin Francis Leftwich returns with the smoky, emotive ‘Elephant’, the first new music to follow his 2019 LP Gratitude.

Released today on Dirty Hit, ‘Elephant’ takes the singer back to his early roots, both musically and experientially. The cut benefits from an autumnal, finger-picked guitar and delicate vocals reminiscent of early triumph Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm. 

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Evoking pastoral images and irresistibly nostalgic, the production on the new cut perfectly captures the hazy, bittersweet drug of times past. Lyrically, the song confronts the effect of young traumas and frequently employs the title word to acknowledge the ever-present elephant in the room. 

Blowing like smoke across the strings, Leftwich’s vocals echo themselves in a beautiful call-and-reply across time, bolstered by hushed choir support. 

Addressing the new track, Francis Leftwich said: “…using the idiom of an ‘elephant in the room’ felt right in writing about the past from a kinder and calmer perspective. I think this song is an observation on re-engaging with past trauma and growth, rather than seeing it as something to ingnore and pretend isn’t there, or never even happened.”

Benjamin Francis Leftwich will play:

26 - Komedia, Brighton
27 - St Stephen’s Church, London
28 - St Paul’s Church, Birmingham

04 - Sage Gateshead, Gateshead
05 - City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds
06 - The Band Room, North Yorkshire
11 - Inchyra, Perth
12 - The Barn, Banchory
13 - MacArts, Galashiels
14 - Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
20 - St George’s, Bristol
21 - St Petroc’s Church, Bodmin

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