‘4th of July’ is the new single from dark alt-pop artist Leaone (‘Lee-Own’) out on (yup) 4th July 2023. Written and recorded in Brooklyn, NY with Lana Del Rey‘s longstanding band mate, Tom Marsh, and mixed by Abe Seiferth (Nation of Language, Yeasayer), ‘4th of July’ is taken from the Suffolk-based artist’s forthcoming debut album and is his first release since signing for Integrity Records.
Described by CLASH Magazine as “Emotionally downbeat but completely gripping”, earlier singles drew heady comparisons with the likes of Johnny Cash, Elliot Smith and The National, along with radio support from Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), Jo Whiley (BBC Radio 2), Steve Lamacq (BBC 6 Music) and Chris Hawkins (BBC 6 Music).
Adopting the idea of ‘Independence Day’ on a personal, individual level, the song is about finding and channelling your own energy and believing in yourself; staying true to your own path, and not letting others drag you down.
“I found great confidence working on my album in Brooklyn, meeting so many amazing New Yorkers who believed anything was possible and always encouraged me to reach for the skies. ‘4th of July’ is about seeing the beauty in someone when they might be struggling to see it for themselves, holding their hand and saying ‘you know what, you’re freakin’ amazing’. It’s ultimately a love song, a message to people to look beyond life’s muck and mire, because there are gems to be found.”
Leaone’s debut album ‘Kings County’, produced by and co-written with Tom Marsh during two lengthy stays in New York, follows on September 8th.
“Classy stuff” – Chris Hawkins, BBC 6music
“Leaone conjures up memories of Jacques Brel and Scott Walker in a stylised package that would blow Hurts out of the water in an atmospheric death-match” – Outline Online
“the voice stands out above it all with a ‘this is just between us’ closeness that has you hanging on every word” – Up To Hear