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Benjamin Clementine unleashes dramatic new offering "Phantom ​O​f Aleppoville"

30 May 2017, 13:09 | Written by Laurence Day

Benjamin Clementine is back with "Phantom ​O​f Aleppoville", his first new music since 2015's Mercury Prize-winning debut album At Least For Now.

The six-and-a-half minute cut is accompanied by a video directed by British photographer Craig McDean​ and Russian filmmaker​ Masha Vasyukova​​.​ The deliciously disjointed ode is influenced in part by "the writings of child psychoanalyst Donald Winicott, who discovered via extensive work with children who’d experienced bullying in the home and at school, that whilst the trauma was naturally not comparable in scale to that suffered by children displaced by war, its effects followed similar patterns."

Clementine wrote, recorded, and produced "Phantom ​O​f Aleppoville".

Although Clementine has been quiet in some respects since scooping the Mercury Prize, beating off competition from Jamie xx, Aphex Twin, and Florence and The Machine, he's hardly been silent, touring extensively and collaborating with Gorillaz.

Clemetine has also detailed a 20-date UK/EU tour that includes shows at London's Brixton Academy, the Philharmonie Berlin in Germany, and Moscow's Izvestia Hall, plus dates in Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Luxembourg, and Belgium. Tickets are on sale from 10am 2 June.

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