The Leisure Society - The Sleeper (5 stars)

The Leisure Society - The Sleeper



Their sublime, string-filled debut single, ‘The Last of the Melting Snow’, was chosen by Elbow’s Guy Garvey as his single of the year. And this, their first LP, is full of a similar northern England charm akin to the Mercury winners.

From the delicate seed of ‘A Fighting Chance’, this album grows to a sweet whimsy that delights in a spring time ambience. Close your eyes and you can see the flowers blossom.

The lyrics offer a dark nuance though, turning both comic and sombre in a way you’d expect from a collective that once counted film director Shane Meadows and actor Paddy Considine amongst its number.

Nick Hardy and Christian Hemming have used a folk past to create a pop album of precious subtlety. Even the ukulele makes itself welcome, without the cringe of it sounding like a novelty.

This isn’t just a debut that promises big things for the future, it’s one that delivers greatness already. (

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