Photo credit Nicole Brannen
Acclaimed New Zealand five-piece LEISURE today share their new single & video “Spark It Up”. The release marks the second track taken from their upcoming SIDE A EP, due out on October 30 via Nettwerk.
Harnessing a mellow, blissed-out vibe from the offset, “Spark It Up” pairs downbeat, psychedelic guitars with LEISURE’s customary soothing vocals. Shot on a writing trip in the serene French countryside just outside Paris, the single’s visuals pay tribute to a time of honest songwriting and a pivotal moment the shaping of a new chapter in the band’s sound.
“‘Spark It Up’ is one of the first tracks we wrote on our writing trip in France,” LEISURE explains. “We had been away from our significant others for a few weeks so we were all feeling pretty sentimental. The song follows quite a strange structure, it starts with the chorus, with each of the boys following with their own verse depending on how they related to the chorus lyrics, giving the song various expressions of the same theme.”
In the throws of a new musical chapter, the track follows most recent single “Slipping Away”,which saw wide praise for their 2020 return with over 1.2 million online streams and placed the group on the cover of Spotify’s Indie Arrivals playlist.
LEISURE first began crafting their forthcoming EP during a writing trip in a small village on the outskirts of Paris, with the group recalling how they “started writing songs which were open and confident”, an output which continued as they arrived home to their families.
“Spark It Up” and “Slipping Away” present the band’s first releases since last year’s sophomore album TWISTER. 2019 also saw the New Zealanders successfully complete a European tour, which included sold-out dates in London and Berlin as well as a debut double performance at Brighton’s The Great Escape.
Forming in 2015 during a spontaneous trip up to New Zealand’s west coast, LEISURE quickly gained attention with their self-titled debut album. Released in 2016, LEISURE peaked at #2 in the NZ charts and received worldwide critical acclaim.
The album also included a notable collaboration, “Nobody”, with US rapper GoldLink. Now with over 150 million streams to their name, they’re going the distance, at their own pace, in their own way.
One of the most prolific and talented groups on the circuit, “Spark It Up” sets LEISURE up perfectly for the release of SIDE A later in the year. Switch off and tune in to this divine slice of utter leisure now.