Benedict Cumberbatch continues his global conquest, this time as an indie music star. The Sherlock actor lends his voice to Late Night Tales, a compilation album created by Friendly Fires, and released next month, which includes tracks by Cocteau Twins and SBTRKT. The band approached the actor and, a fan of their music, he agreed.
There’s a mutual love there,” I’m told. Cumberbatch performs the closer, a spoken-word piece, “Flat of Angles”, by Simon Cleary. “When I met him I accidentally called him ‘Ben’ in the confusion,” says Cleary. “He was very friendly… and really got into subtleties in the text I didn’t realise were there.” The story relates the aftermath of a house-party in alternating voices. And while he doesn’t sing, there is a brief chance to hear “Ben” spitting Prodigy lyrics, rude-boy style, which is worth a listen.