LEISURE Announce New Album ‘TWISTER’ (Out July 26); Listen To “On My Mind”
May 2, 2019 BY Nettwerk
“LEISURE’s creativity oozes all over the place with ‘On My Mind'” – High Snobiety
“Tight harmonies, silky synths, and a woozy, poolside vibe mean we’ve been sticking it on repeat big time here.” – Wonderland
“Mean groove, melodies, and no f**king around. The three principles of Auckland based band and collective, LEISURE.” – Dummy Mag
“LEISURE is a non-traditional band of the new age. Their inspirations are widespread – they range from psychedelic rock, funk… and early 2000s trippy dance.” – Noisey
The critically acclaimed band LEISURE announce their highly-anticipated second album, TWISTER. Set for release July 26 via Nettwerk, TWISTER includes brand new single, “On My Mind.”
Partnering with High Snobiety to premiere, “On My Mind” employs pop-rock elements to create the track’s bright, carefree climate, predominantly through the use of vivid guitar licks.
TWISTER is a free form exploration into pop psychedelia, smooth R&B, and big room modern soul music. The record is filled with brand new material as well as previous singles, “Feeling Free,” “Falling,” “Easy Way Out” and their recent double serving “The Hype / Tied Up.” Fan favorites “Money” and “Alone Together” also appear on the forthcoming album.
“It’s been something like 1000 days since we released our debut album. Admittedly we had no idea what we were making, or how we were making it, the only certainty was that the combination of the creative energies when we were all in a room was a feeling none of us had felt before…” said LEISURE.
“We make our favorite things when we become creatively unconscious and surrender to the moment, TWISTER was a good opportunity for us to explore ideas to their deepest level but also feel a sense of connection to primitive simplicity. We took turns as the album took shape to fall in love with each song and the process of how each one was made. To land with an eclectic collection of 14 songs; each swirling with their own mood and color has been an immersive experience for us.”
LEISURE has often been praised for their musical versatility, something that the group has been able to harness due to their varied tastes which include 70s funk, 90s hip hop, R&B and dance music from the early 2000s.
Having recently performed two sold-out shows in Australia, LEISURE are set to embark on a European tour next month. The New Zealanders will kick off their run of shows at London’s Oslo, before making their mark in Paris and Berlin. They will be rounding off their tour with a debut double appearance at this year’s The Great Escape.
Made up of five independently talented and successful members, they can be summed up as a NZ supergroup, made up of producers & songwriters. LEISURE is an anomaly in the music industry. Their debut track “Got It Bad” crossed the globe with it’s funked up, psychedelic blissed out homage to laid-back pleasure. It seems their highly democratic band structure, where everyone can play whichever instrument they like, produced some gold dust. Having amassed over 50 million streams on their 2016 self-titled debut album, which entered at #2 in the NZ charts, they have built a rabid, loyal fan base that has seen their rare live shows sell out and become the stuff of legends. Their music has become a staple in the sync world; they have collaborated with hip-hop star, Goldlink, and have now signed to record label Nettwerk (Vök, Mallrat, Angus & Julia Stone) in Europe and US for their forthcoming second album.