BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH has released a brand new single, NEW YORK, taken from his forthcoming album SOME THINGS BREAK to be released on 9 February 2024 via Dirty Hit. A live video of Benjamin performing the song is available to watch now.

The song originally came from a writing session with labelmate Matty Healy from The 1975 when Ben first began writing tracks for the album. He played an early version to Healy who quickly became such a fan of the song that he asked Ben’s permission to perform it at a one-off show opening for Phoebe Bridgers in 2021. Footage of that performance went viral, and as such is one of the most anticipated tracks from Benjamin’s new album – both for fans of his and The 1975.

Of the inspiration behind the song, Benjamin explains: “New York is a song about running to big shiny cities for big shiny things. For me, it’s about missing the simple humanity and imperfections of the things one can convince themselves to run from. Every time I’ve ever chosen to chase a rainbow for a pot of gold, I’ve ended up wanting to chase the next, and I’m the last to know that I could have found what I was hoping for right where I left it. Often, the gold I imagine I will find soon reveals itself as concrete in disguise.”

New York was written by Leftwich and Joshua Finn and was produced by Jimmy Hogarth who also plays bass on the track. The new album, Some Things Break, consists of ten brand new tracks, all written and performed by Leftwich, and follows his previous album To Carry A Whale, released in 2021. It sees a subtle reinvention in Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s sound and the honesty laid bare in the album’s lyrics.

Following the release of Some Things Break, Benjamin will embark on a full UK and Irish tour as follows:


Thu 04 LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
Fri 05 KENDAL Brewery Arts Centre
Sat 06 EDINBURGH Summerhall
Sun 07 MANCHESTER Band On The Wall
Thu 11 BRISTOL Lantern
Fri 12 LONDON Earth Theatre
Sat 13 CARDIFF Acapela Studio
Mon 15 DUBLIN Workman’s Club
Tue 16 BELFAST Limelight 2

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