There are certain characteristics regarding a ‘Leisure Society’ album that one simply takes for granted. First of all you’re treated to a craftsman’s lyrics. Nick Hemming consistently ensures that each track tells a tale, there are no wishy-washy ballads or incomprehensible rhyme. Next, there are always glorious melodies that ease you into the day, remove you completely from moments of discomfort and then softly sooth you into a perfect slumber come a days end. And finally there is the overwhelming sense that everything on the LP has been considered, created and laid down with the optimum care and attention.
The good news is that album number four, ‘The Fine Art of Hanging On’, is no different from its predecessors in relation to any of the aforementioned traits; and in many respects it exceeds them.
The concept behind the LP, which we are told is about “clinging to something – be that a relationship, a career, or life itself” is a loose one. However, the theme does ensure we’re treated to some moments of quite staggering beauty. ‘Wide Eyes at Villains’ and ‘Tall Black Cabins’ excel. The latter indie-folk track saunters at a medium pace and contains the most infectious melody.
‘Outside In’ picks up the albums pace and is the most approachable track on the LP; its addictive chorus also ensures this is the showcase song from the album. It’s short in play time but quite epic in relation to the impact it has on this release. ‘I’m a Setting Sun’ continues this sudden increase in energy and offers more evidence, if required, that ‘The Leisure Society’ have produced something rather special.
The LP’s end comes with ‘As the Shadows Form’. If there was to be disappointment regarding the albums content then this would be it. The track simply doesn’t have the likeability of its musical stable-mates; which may suggest that either the remaining ten tracks are of an extremely high quality or that the LP’s final track is simply very average. I like to think it’s the former option.
‘The Fine Art of Hanging On’ is a wonderful example of confident, melodic songwriting and will no doubt be regarded as the bands strongest LP to date. The album is out on the 13th April 2015, via ‘Full Time Hobby’.
The full track-listing for ‘The Fine Art of Hanging On’ is as follows…
The Fine Art Of Hanging On
Nothing Like This
Tall Black Cabins
The Undefeated Ego
I’m A Setting Sun
You Are What You Take
You’ll Never Know When It Breaks
All Is Now
Wide Eyes At Villains
As The Shadows Form
You can see ‘The Leisure Society’ at one of these venues…
13th April 2015 – Bristol, Colston Hall Lantern BUY TICKETS
14th April 2015 – Oxford, Oxford O2 Academy 2 BUY TICKETS
15th April 2015 – London, Islington Assembly Hall BUY TICKETS