Having just finished his first UK tour, Benjamin Francis Leftwich has announced he will be completing the bill at Jo Whiley’s Little Noise Session with Ellie Goulding. He has also been confirmed to support Sarah Blasko at her London show next month.A Million Miles Out, his debut EP was released this week through Dirty Hit. Produced by Ian Grimble (Mumford & Sons, Manic Street Preachers, Siouxsie & The Banshees), it will be followed by a full length in March 2011.
‘Singer-songwriter’ is not a term embraced by many musicians. Too often the phrase is used to denote generic cliche’s, excessive emotional angst or middle-of-the-road blandness. But 21-year-old Benjamin Francis Leftwich feels it’s far from insulting; ‘My songs are personal and acoustic guitar based so why not? I am a singer-song-writer.’
‘I like the way a song can grab you for a couple of minutes and take you somewhere, and how the different elements in a track can make you feel.’Written whilst in the secluded countryside of Southern France, the four tracks on â€˜A Million Miles Out have a sense of hopefulness.
The delicacy of EP opener Atlas Hands is a case in point, with its refrain: I’ve got a plan. I’ve got an atlas in my hands. I’m gonna turn. When I listen to the lessons that I’ve learned.
The stunningly subtle More than Letters which is featured on the Communion Compilation (the label from Mumford & Sons and Cherbourg) also showcases Leftwich’s talents at their most powerful.