Auckland-based five-piece LEISURE have unveiled their brand new single ‘Lonely Nights’, out now
Centred around funk-laden guitars and vocals, ‘Lonely Nights’ channels the kind of smooth, lounge music vibe that the group have made their own over the past few years. It’s accompanied by a slick, psychedelic video, showing animated versions of each member enjoying the most relaxed of boat journeys down the River Seine in Paris, that perfectly captures the blissed-out vibe of the track.
“The video for Lonely Nights was inspired by our time writing music in Paris last year.” says the band. “We were big fans of (Animator/Director) Jack Brown’s work and when the opportunity came to collaborate we were excited – the tempo and feel of the song is a strutting late-70s rhythm but when Jack went and flipped it to this trippy, floaty boat cruise vibe it was a super cool balance and keeps things leisurely.”
‘Lonely Nights’ marks the group’s third release of 2020, following on from ‘Spark It Up’ and ‘Slipping Away’, singles that have already amassed over 3 million streams to date. ‘Slipping Away’ also gained support from BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart. All three tracks set to feature on their forthcoming EP ‘Side A’, out next month.
An eventful 2019 saw the New Zealanders release sophomore album TWISTER and complete a European tour which included sold-out dates in London and Berlin alongside a debut double performance at Brighton festival The Great Escape.
Forming in 2015 during a spontaneous trip up to New Zealand’s west coast, LEISURE quickly gained attention with their self-titled debut album. Released in 2016, LEISURE peaked at #2 in the NZ charts and received worldwide critical acclaim. The album also included a notable collaboration, ‘Nobody’, with US rapper GoldLink. Now with over 150 million streams to their name, they’re going the distance, at their own pace, in their own way.
LEISURE craft yet another slick, jazz-inflected track to heighten the anticipation for their forthcoming EP.