The title “singer-songwriter” brings to mind a multitude of horrors: James Blunt cooing about beauty, James Morrison crooning about “something”, Jack Johnson wooing ladies with banana pancakes. Benjamin Francis Leftwich bravely reappropriates the term, employing his imagination as a defence against the risk of sinking into platitudes. Box of Stones and Stole You Away pick up seafaring themes, Snowship conjures a Faustian dilemma and Butterfly Culture hides sexual tension and religious questioning behind sylvan fantasia. In the latter, a looped guitar motif plays homage to Ryan Adams’s version of Wonderwall, while the album’s double-tracked vocals recall the wispy romanticism of Elliott Smith. Leftwich is not yet as candid or creative as these peers in his approach to the big universals of God, love and deception. But his debut album sets out in their direction, which saves him from being branded another Blunt for now, at least.