MERCURY PRIZE winner Benjamin Clementine has revealed the latest single to be taken from his forthcoming album I Tell A Fly, due foe release on 15th September.
Less dramatic and haunting than the two preview tracks that came before it, ‘Jupiter’ finds Clementine exploring themes of identity and alienation over lilting melodies, laid-back rhythms and a wonderfully warped synth line. Once again displaying his flawless vocal abilities, the track’s jaunty outlook intensifies his message even further as he takes aim at those around the world who alienate others.
Based on a US visa he was issued with, which described him as an ‘alien’, Clementine said of the experience: “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 any more, 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”
Building up to be yet another triumphant release from the singer, it is Benjamin Clementine’s innate understanding of what it is to be an individual in today’s society and his powerful insights into the human condition that make him such a special artist.
Check out the track below.