Benjamin Clementine – just an alien, passing by… (CC Viana do Castelo, 2018)

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Few artists can command an audience’s attention as powerfully as Benjamin Clementine. British musician, composer, and poet, Benjamin Clementine (born 7 December 1988) had little exposure to music whilst growing up and is self-taught. He made his TV debut in 2013, on the BBC programme Later With Jools Holland. The same year, critics dubbed Clementine as one of the great singer-songwriters of his generation and the future sound of London. He won the Mercury Prize in 2015 for his debut album At Least for Now. Released on 2017 “I Tell a Fly” Clementine’s second album, sees the artist exploring new musical territory on the heels of his acclaimed debut. On the inspiration behind his second album, I Tell a Fly he said (Fader, 2017): “It was mostly to do with the traveling. The feeling of not belonging to somewhere, just being a mere traveler, being an alien. (…)”

With a warm and graceful voice, and a bright full timbre, breaking free from traditional song structure, Clementine has developed his own theatrical and innovative musical terrain on stage. About the mannequins on stage, he said once “they are a representation of his generation: a group of people alienated from each other by social media, artificial borders and the refugee crisis.”

 

Discography: Cornerstone EP (2013); Glorious You EP (2014); At Least for Now (2015); I Tell a Fly (2017).

You can know more about the artist here, and here.