- 19 Apr 21
Leftwich's forthcoming fourth studio album 'To Carry A Whale' will arrive on June 18th.
English musician Benjamin Francis Leftwich has marked the release of his new single 'Oh My God Please' with a live performance video of the track - taken from his forthcoming album.
The gloomy video features him playing acoustic and wistfully singing in a seemingly abandoned space. Directed by Harvey Pearson and filmed at the empty location of London’s Friends Meeting House; it perfectly accommodates the atmosphere of the song.
The whole album To Carry A Whale was recorded over the period of four months last year in various locations. Started in Benjamin’s Tottenham house, it continued to Urchin Studios in Hackney and then travelled to Niagara. When back to Southend Studio in London, the musician was joined by Sam Duckworth (a.k.a. Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly) who shared a role of the record producer together with Eg White (Adele, Florence & The Machine, Sam Smith).
To Carry A Whale is the first album Leftwich recorded entirely sober, marking a significant milestone, marking a significant milestone on his journey towards a positive personal headspace. After spending almost one month in rehab in January 2018, he is determined to maintain this state for good.
This helps to understand the origin of the album’s name:
"It’s an observation on what it’s like to be a sober alcoholic addict a couple of years in," Leftwich reveals. "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."
Benjamin Francis Leftwich was the first artist to sign with Dirty Hit Records, where he had his highly acclaimed debut release Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm in 2011. After a five-year break, he followed it with After the Rain, which saw another success abroad as well as at home in England. He sold 180,000 copies of his 2019 album Gratitude, which has 500 million streams to date.
Pre-order To Carry a Whale here.
Watch ‘Oh My God Please’ below.