Album Review: Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Last Smoke Before Snowstorm

by Katherine


The lost young man toting a battered guitar and a fistful of broken dreams has now become a mainstay of mainstream post-Mumford British pop culture. Luckily, York singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich has more in common with the stark confessionals of Nick Drake.

The devil’s in the details here: songs that sound prosaic at first peel away to reveal dark idiosyncrasies – take slow-spooling album closer ‘Don’t Go Slow’, which finds Leftwich detailing lovers literally swallowing each other with a twisted detachment that would put Villagers’ Conor O’Brien to shame.

Katherine Rodgers

7/10

(published in NME magazine)

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