Benjamin Francis Leftwich will release his new album To Carry A Whale‘ on June 18th via Dirty Hit. It is Leftwichs fourth album and comprises 10 brand new tracks, including lead single and album opener Cherry In Tacoma‘ which is out now.

To Carry A Whale‘ was recorded across a four month period last year in Benjamin Francis Leftwichs Tottenham home, in Urchin Studios in Hackney, in a hotel room in Niagara, and in a Southend studio owned by Sam Duckworth (Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly) – who produced much of the record, sharing production duties with Eg White (Adele, Florence & The Machine, Sam Smith).

The album is the first by Leftwich written and recorded entirely sober, a state he has maintained since spending 28 days in rehab in January 2018. This helps give context to the albums title – To Carry A Whale:

Its an observation on what its like to be a sober alcoholic addict a couple of years in, says Leftwich. A whale is heavy to carry. Its gonna hurt you to carry it. But its also beautiful, and its a miracle to be able to carry all that at all.

Track listing for To Carry A Whale:

1.        Cherry In Tacoma
2.        Oh My God Please
3.        Canary In A Coalmine
4.        Tired In Niagara
5.        Every Time I See A Bird
6.        Wide Eyed Wandering Child
7.        Sydney, 2013
8.        Slipping Through My Fingers
9.        Talk To You Now
10.      Full Full Colour

Benjamin Francis Leftwich was the first artist signed to Dirty Hit Records, whereupon he released his acclaimed debut album Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm‘ in 2011. The album hit the top 40 in the UK and included the hit single Shine‘ which was remixed by tropical house king Kygo and named by Spotify their most addictive song of 2014″; the song that was repeat-played most often that year.

He followed his debut album with 2016After The Rain, after a 5 year break, in part due to the death of his father. The record was met with critical acclaim, with The Guardian dubbing it fragile, precious, oddly comforting in their 4-star review of the album. He followed that with third album Gratitude‘ in 2019, which was deemed graceful and honest by DIY in their 4-star review.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich has sold over 180,000 albums worldwide, with over 500 million streams to date. His new album To Carry A Whale‘ will be released on June 18th via Dirty Hit.

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