"The easiest way to describe Austin-based Leach's sound is 'like TV On The Radio took a bunch of acid.'" (Indie Shuffle)
An album conceived of during a week-long stay in a desert monastery. I like to describe this mini-album as “an exercise in devotion—to romantic love, to a departed friend, to an idealized future.” (Ovrld) The album hops between genres more than my earlier work, and is a “more intimate peek at [Leach’s] ambitions.” Sonically, the album ranges from club-thumping indie hooks in “Superego” to the folktronic gospel sensibilities of “Bad Luck," a song which "has a calm reverie you might expect from an artist twice his age." (The Revue)
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I started this record as a response to creative insecurity. You see, I sing my songs into a computer to record them. This is, obviously, not the way people first began creating or recording music. For that reason, the computer and its many tricks can seem to get in the way of the magic that we may experience when we listen to or perform music. For a long time I was frozen by the prospect of again baring my soul to a computer, afraid that the computer might douse the magic. Then, as these songs made their way into existence, I got over it. In the words of David Byrne, “Music isn’t fragile.”
The record that came out of that tempered insecurity is one that I hope you’ll enjoy. A necessary sidenote: Kokedama is a Japanese art form in which the artist grows a plant out of a bed of moss. Neither of the two elements is rooted in earth, since the system is suspended in the air. I love the idea that two parts of this life-system are rooted together, yet the whole system is suspended in air. I think it’s analogous to a lot of our shared experience, especially growing up. We find things to root ourselves in while swinging through life.
There's a lot, a lot of background meaning going on with this new track from Austin's Leach—the first from his upcoming debut album titled Millennial Spirituals that'll be out March 15. He describes the track as being "what happens when two people are so devoted to one another that the devotion begins to seem worshipful more than complementary", but he adds as well that's there's a possibility for light to shine through, whether or not that'll turn said relationship well. Either way, though, "What I Do" stands as an enormously heavy, falsetto-rich piece that calls on a variety of effects to get its point across, and, as the first of two singles to come from the debut body of work, we're eager as hell to see what all the future material can be. [...]
Where Stuart Leach, who performs as Leach, truly excels as a musician is in earning the swell, time and time again: the gentle and earnest dedication to a mood, the purity of sentiment in lyrics that balance precise human moments with elements of surreal abstraction, which build from a quiet and unrushed loveliness into a grand expression, a swell of melancholy or love–or most often a melancholy sort of love–that holds the listener still and breathing heavy. Leach lives for the swell. [...]