Some artists make a favorable impression when you first hear their music; others stop you cold in your tracks, commanding your full attention with the scope of their talent. Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens – artists whom history will remember as masters of their craft – fall into the latter category. Now an emerging Austin-based, indie singer/songwriter seems destined to join their ranks. That artist is Leach.
With understated elegance, 22-year-old musician Stuart Leach has delivered one of the most blissful songs of this year. The latest single from his aptly-titled, upcoming album, Millennial Spirituals, “Bad Luck” echoes early Bon Iver in its ascetic charm and Seven Swans-era Sufjan Stevens in its honest intimacy.
What is most striking about “Bad Luck” are the textures that emerge from layers of acoustic guitar accentuated by electronic loops over which Leach’s expressive vocals soar. “Bad Luck” has a calm reverie you might expect from an artist twice his age. The meditative warmth of José González on last year’s Vestiges & Claws and the heartfelt yearning of Pete Yorn’s 2001 debut are matched equally here. In an ideal world, this track would be prescribed in lieu of anti-anxiety medications for the soothing peacefulness that permeates every note. It is immediately cathartic and immensely gratifying. Consider this song a sonic antidote to the stresses of life.
Leach’s release of Millennial Spirituals on March 15 coincides with several unofficial SXSW performances in Austin over the next week: he plays Swan Dive on March 10th, Kebabalicious on March 12th, and Empire Control Room on March 14th. We plan to follow this talented artist’s career, and you can do the same via his social media channels below.
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