Leisure – consisting of Beth Horak-Hallett, Nick Taylor, Jon Mason and Anya Pearson – create dreamy electronic pop from their base in Hackney, East London.
We were lucky to see the band perform live at this year’s Leefest – the award-winning non-profit music and arts festival held in the countryside of South East London, near Bromley and Croydon.
The sounds that Leisure created in the Lava Lounge were completely soulful – keys shone like shimmering disco-balls – and angelic voices coalesced together, gloriously.
Beth took lead vocals – and flew high with them.
The bass-play was fruity and lively.
The pattering percussion was perfect and incredibly tight.
But it was the synth-work that amazed us the most – a series of mellifluous pip-squeaks, pops and urgent gurgles.
We loved “Rare” with its sailing sounds of seabirds.
This was an evocation of balmy sunsets. The percussion seemed faster and more sizzlesome than a flaming wok.
And the synths from Anya (who also played lead guitar) created a mulch of sounds – squelched underfoot – and we adored those muskrat squeals.
Best of all, though, was the charming fluorescences of heavenly voices.
These touched us – and allowed us to fly together.
@neilmach © 2014