NEW ARTIST OF THE DAY: Leon Of Athens
Non of your folksy troubadouring here!
SUBBA-CULTCHA.COM SAYS: "The overly
singer/songwriter market barely needs another pretender to the throne of Elliot Smith or Jeff Buckley, but now and again a new artist appears who makes you take a little bit of notice. Leon of Athens references many different influences, from the dreamy shoegaze of M83 to the poppier moments of MGMT, he brings something a little different than your run of the mill homogenized troubadouring, ditching the overwhelming tendency towards folksy string-twanging to dip into a little electro, a little pop, but holding on to tradition to evolve rather than bastardise it. And the world is taking notice too, with positive reviews having come from the New York Times and Mark Beaumont booking him for one his shows at the Monarch in Camden."
Leon Veremis is originally from Athens in Greece, he's developed a sound that's evolved during time spent living in the city's counter cultural quarter Exarchia. His first material, released in Greece, was inspired by a country in crisis, and within just a few months he was playing to audiences of over 10,000. Inspired by psychedelic experiences, as well as acts like MGMT, Grizzly Bear, M83, Bon Iver, St Vincent, Florence and the Machine, the forthcoming album, also titled Global, heralds a more optimistic style, opening up to themes of love, fantastical dreams and ideas, drawn together by a social documentary style. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lamg2dCVvD4
Click here to check out Leon of Athens' Facebook. Live Dates: Single Launch Party for Global @ NHAC, April 9 Mark Beaumont Presents @ The Monarch, May 1 Breakout @ The Lexington, June 11