Suffolk based indie-folk singer-songwriter Leon O’Leary shares the vibrant and emotive new single ‘Got This Love For You’ featuring Gyuri Baek, taken from his hotly anticipated upcoming debut EP ‘Pretend (To Be Saviours)’.

Having cut his teeth playing across the UK, including major festivals such as Latitude, Wild Paths and Lakefest, Leon has built a reputation as one to watch after being named among BBC Introducing East’s ‘Artists to Watch For 2022’.

Now back with the self-produced new single ‘Got This Love For You’, taken from his upcoming EP ‘Pretend (To Be Saviours)’, O’Leary once again showcases his intricate musicianship and affecting songwriting, aided by the guest vocals of Korean artist Gyuri Baek.

Influenced by artists and bands such as, Ben Howard, Bruce Springsteen, The War On Drugs and Hozier, Leon’s blend of folk tendencies with alternative-indie instrumentation creates a unique, warming backdrop for his expressive vocal delivery.

Built around a rhythmic, delay-drenched guitar pattern, the track gradually introduces layers of electronic bass and rolling, tom heavy drums. As the track reaches its anthemic, uplifting chorus, the track is given a euphoric lease of life, echoed by Leon’s almost chanted lead vocal line.

Guest vocalist Gyuri Baek enters in the second verse, giving another edge to the track, showcasing her haunting, delicate vocal style as she sings in Korean before offering a soaring harmony through the second chorus.

Talking about the single, Leon explains: “I first started coming up with the lyrics for the song whilst staying with my girlfriend in Manchester, after opening up to her about my relationship anxiety and the occasional paranoia/trust issues I was dealing with – which was weighing me down. So, I wanted to write a song about it. I went back home and started messing with a distorted, delay saturated drum loop using Logic’s stock drums and began coming up with a guitar riff. I then got in touch with Gyuri who was introduced to me by my girlfriend as a friend and after hearing some of her music I instantly wanted to collab with her. I thought blending my Irish and English influences with Gyuri’s Korean would make for a really interesting feel. One night we were all talking about the song’s meaning and how Gyuri resonated with it. She began writing her part in Korean and recorded her vocals in London with the rest being finished here at home in my bedroom.”

With a rich first few years of touring, playing a number of high profile festivals and appearing on line ups for the likes of Sofar Sounds and opened for shared lineups with bands and artists such as Bernard Butler (from Suede), The Feeling, RATS, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Night Flight and The House of Love, Leon O’Leary has already gained support from the likes of Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing across his first few releases. Now gearing up to release his debut EP, Leon O’Leary is poised to cement his place as an exciting new artist.

SOURCE: Official Bio