It has been five years since we last heard something by Benjamin Francis Leftwich. After the 2011 album – Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm -. and a short EP in the following year, the English singer-songwriter is back with the tender Tilikum, the first track from the forthcoming album After the Rain (August 2016). One of the meanings attributed to the song title is “friend” in Chinook. It also conveys no malice. And this is exactly what we feel with this song. Benjamin has always been great with making us feel wrapped up in a warm embrace. As a song which seems heavily-influenced by a dark time, Tilikum is about the rocks in our lives, our guides, and how he described his father following his death. We’d like to think this music became his own and much needed embrace through grief. Because of that, and because it is a beautiful song. This is our meeting of the day.
Vocally and intrinsically melodic, another great song from Laura Jean Anderson.