New Release & Video: The Leisure Society – A Bird, A Bee, Humanity

The Leisure Society have released their new single ‘A Bird, A Bee, Humanity’, ahead of the release of new double-album Arrivals & Departures

A bluesy, acoustic guitar led cut, ‘A Bird, A Bee, Humanity’ opens with staccato organ stabs before sliding into its silky first verse, with songwriter Nick Hemming singing: “We’re chained to the heat / We’re bound up in ecstasy / It’s on then it’s off / It starts then it stops, it’s never enough” – rising to the track’s stunning string-laden chorus, with Hemming coming to the conclusion “Well it ain’t all that much”

Accompanying the new single is a beautifully illustrated and animated video courtesy of Zoë Bread – which cleverly mirrors many of the themes presented in the song’s lyrics. Speaking on the release of the new single, songwriter and frontman Nick Hemming said: “I found myself at the end of another relationship, looking for another menial day job. I was strumming the three chord verse, venting my angst, when a chorus sprang out of nowhere. The melody and the spooky backing vocal seemed to lift me out of my place for a moment. So the song also became an ode to the healing powers of creativity and art. I always felt that it was a blues song in essence”

Take a listen and a watch below…

Their first album for just over 4 years, featuring the likes of Brian Eno and poet Liz Berry – it was recorded in rented and borrowed houses in the Peak District, the Cotswolds and a medieval mansion in Richelieu, France – the album was then mixed by Gareth Jones (known for his work with Grizzly Bear, Nick Cave, and These New Puritans) and Paul Gregory (Lanterns On The Lake)

The band will also be touring the UK in May, dates detailed below…

May 16 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
17 – The Blue Arrow Club, Glasgow
18 – Manchester Academy 3, Manchester
19 – The Fleece, Bristol
21 – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
22 – Komedia, Studio Bar, Brighton,
23 – The Glee Club, Nottingham
25 – Union Chapel, London


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