benjamin clementine – and i have been

Familiarising his eccentric spirit, Benjamin Clementine has produced a big-hearted record that swoops down to greet the listener. It is still unpredictable, but the force conducting ‘And I Have Been’ is benevolent—more like a guide than some epistemically distant energy. Clementine has a deep, timeless presence in his work. Here, he seems to connect history like a neat thread bound at each turn by elements of classical and folk. The composed domesticity in the arrangements is crosshatched by transcendental writing; it is a reminder that great lyricism injects the mundane with the magical. While choppy in structure, this is a dynamic release worthy of patience. 

23/30

A favourite: ‘Last Movement of Hope’ 

‘And I Have Been’ is out now via Preserve Artists. 

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