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Boomkat Product Review:
*Special edition including 'A Product Of The Ego Drain' - eight tracks of exclusive material!* Arriving from the same scene (the Wilkommen Collective) that birthed Shoreline and The Miserable Rich (who are themselves currently enjoying a great deal of radio airplay), The Leisure Society release their exceedingly lovely debut album. The Sleeper really doesn't sound a great deal like a debut though, the ornate arrangements and artfully assembled songs sound like the work of a far more seasoned group of musicians, and indeed looking into the biog of this bunch there does appear to be a colourful history that's fed into the album. The band's founding member Nick Hemming started out his musical career playing in a band alongside none other than Shane Meadows and Paddy Considine prior to their hugely successful film careers - which gives some backstory to his inclusion on the Dead Man's Shoes soundtrack. It was Hemming's contribution to the movie's score that marked the first appearance of the Leisure Society moniker, and now after several years of incubation the first full length offering appears, and a very fine thing it is too. The songs are nestled within lavish and welcoming instrumental surrounds, populated by strings, ukuleles, mandolins, autoharps and just about every other conceivable musical contraption. At times it'd be easy to level folk-rock comparisons at these songs (and there are certain moments that recall James Yorkston's When The Haar Rolls In), but there's always an extra dimension here, whether that be the slick West Coast pop symphonics of the album's sublime title track or the exquisite wintry waltz 'The Last Of The Melting Snow'. Throughout, there's a real sense of craft and perfectionism to The Sleeper, and for that it deserves the widest possible audience.