Listen: Benjamin Clementine: “Jupiter”
Acclaimed British singer/songwriter Benjamin Clementine is releasing his sophomore album, I Tell a Fly, on October 2 via Capitol. Previously we posted its single, “God Save the Jungle.” Now here’s another song from the album, “Jupiter.” Listen below, followed by his upcoming tour dates.
A press release says the song was “inspired by his receiving a U.S. visa that described him as an ‘alien,’ ‘Jupiter’ finds Clementine exploring questions of identity, both personal and universal.”
As Clementine puts it in the press release: “Seeing my visa just opened everything for me. Saying ‘Jupiter’ for me was like saying ‘Europa,’ or ‘England,’ or ‘Edmonton’. Me wandering around in America…There was Trump and Clinton, there was the Orlando attack, the New Orleans attack-here I was thinking I was living in a safe place, but nothing was really safe anymore, or ever. It’s a poke at people being called aliens by some people, like we’re from another planet. I think we’re all forever aliens.”
Clementine won the 2015 Freemake video converter crack Mercury Prize for his debut album, At Least For Now, beating out such bigger artists as Florence and the Machine, Gaz Coombes (ex-Supergrass frontman), Jamie xx, Wolf Alice, and Aphex Twin. He also recently collaborated with Gorillaz on the Anti-Trump song “Hallelujah Money.”
I Tell a Fly also includes “Phantom of Aleppoville,” which Clementine shared a video for back in May. Check out both “God Save the Jungle” and “Phantom of Aleppoville” below. Also below is the album’s cover art. No tracklist has been shared yet. Clementine will be headlining New York’s Carnegie Hall on October 5 and also below are his European tour dates.