Shine is the third single from Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s début album Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm. In 2010, he released an EP titled A Million Miles Out which not only made one reviewer think of acclaimed artists such as Damien Rice and José González but has garnered Leftwich ever-growing praise.
At its best, Shine is a deviously beautiful number. The combination of Leftwich’s pensively mellow voice accompanied by soft guitar chords and harmonies that make your heart twinge is effortless. And of course, it’s this simplicity that undoubtedly works for him.
But at its worst, it’s a little too reminiscent of the artists already established within the genre. Saying that, it might just be one more thing to work in his favour.
The single is released on November 7th in the UK .