Singer/songwriters tend to fall into the category of acoustic guitar-wielding solo-artists with soppy, heartfelt songs all too often, but Luke Leighfield is like a breath of fresh air when it comes to introducing something new to this genre. Full of gentle piano melodies, crashing percussion, loud guitars and orchestral charm, his fourth album ‘New Season’ has a lot to offer in the way of variety, and in the past his music has been featured on shows like Made In Chelsea and Coming Of Age. With television plays, live sessions at Radio 1 and XFM, as well as supporting acts such as Frank Turner and Kate Nash, Luke already has a lot of experience under his belt.
‘New Season’ is an album that defies the traditional singer/songwriter image. Mostly piano-led rather than relying on an acoustic guitar, it offers a good selection of upbeat, melancholy, heavy and relaxing music which will undoubtedly suit your every mood. Album opener ‘Slow Down’ begins with gentle piano and Luke‘s soothing vocals, before the percussion slowly trickles in and builds up to a big, explosive finish. Similar can be said for closing songs ‘Garde Ta Foy’ and ‘Do Not Settle’, the latter of which has an almost theatrical finish to bring the album to a close.
In fact, a number of ‘New Season’‘s tracks have big, orchestral elements to them, especially ‘The One Thing’ which opens with the soothing sounds of a string orchestra before his signature piano takes over. It’s an album that showcases the variety of different musical interests he has and the result is something that makes these, sometimes quite different, sounds work together so well.
One of the album’s highlights is the catchy ‘It’s You’. Combining orchestral music with guitars, it has a certain quirky edge to it which makes it one of the record’s stand-out tracks. At times, some of the more upbeat tracks are reminiscent of The Rocket Summer and are a great addition to your summer easy listening playlist, whilst the mellower, slower songs wouldn’t sound at all out of place on a Snow Patrol album.
Even if this album isn’t your cup of tea, you’ve got to admire the Luke‘s strong DIY ethic. He has put this album, along with others like it, out via his own record label and has played over 600 shows globally; at 24-years-old, that is quite an achievement. It’s an album that has a lot of depth and his integration of varied sounds, such as a string section, has made Leighfield‘s sound stand-out from other indie-pop artists the UK has to offer. A heart-warming effort.
Written by Ashleigh Wight
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