Album Review: Benjamin Francis Leftwich - 'Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm'
Debut from York singer-songwriter
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 [a]Benjamin Francis Leftwich[/a] has more in common with the stark confessionals of [a]Nick Drake[/a].
The devil’s in the details here: songs that sound prosaic at first peel away to reveal dark idiosyncrasies – take slow-spooling album closer [b]‘Don’t Go Slow’[/b], which finds [b]Leftwich[/b] detailing lovers literally swallowing each other with a twisted detachment that would put [a]Villagers[/a]’ Conor O’Brien to shame.