Willkommen Records (label)
23 March 2009 (released)
30 March 2009
Distilling into one record everything that’s good about Badly Drawn Boy; the folk-pop novelty of Noah And The Whale; the gentle, pastoral reverie of early Lambchop; the quirky nonchalance of Clem Snide and a good measure of the Neil Hannon’s knack for self-conscious superiority, The Leisure Society have perhaps written and recorded a near perfect debut.
It’s hyperbole, but who cares: this album is a classic from start to finish. Floating on a swell of guitar, autoharp, ukulele, banjo, steel and strings, The Sleeper could be the classic album Penguin Cafe Orchestra never released were it not for the vocals! Transatlantic in influence (the whimsical waltz, ‘The Last of The Melting Snow’ has clearly ripped off Only Love Can Break Your Heart), but curiously English, the album has a maturity, space and depth that is truly refreshing, yet the never superfluous vocals could be dispensed with, and the music alone would still have a deeply affecting quality.
Give us more, and deliver it soon. The album’s too short, but otherwise brilliantly conceived, organised and realised music - perfect.