I Know Leopard are back with their second single for 2021, this time dialling up the emotional intensity in their new hyper-coloured shimmer pop setting with “Day 2 Day” which premiered on triple j’s Good Nights.
As with their previous 2021 single, “Lover Automatic”, “Day 2 Day” was produced by lead vocalist and main songwriter Luke O’Loughlin and was co-produced and mixed by Konstantin Kersting who has made a name for himself behind the board for Tones & I, Jungle Giants, Mallrat, The Rubens, Tia Gostelow and WAAX.
With its driving piano riff, pulsing synths, gliding violin and uptempo sampled drums “Day 2 Day” manages to be musically inspiring and even anthemic while paradoxically, the lyrics address a relatable feeling of persistent self-doubt. The acclaim to the band’s pivot from the ‘70s soft rock inspired Love Is A Landmine 2019 album to a sweet but smart take on alt-pop has been near universal, and the band have more new music to release this year and into early 2022.
As with most Australian other live music of late, due to ongoing COVID restrictions the trio of O’Loughlin, bassist Rosie Fitzgerald and violinist / vocalist Jenny McCullagh have had to reschedule both upcoming Sydney and Melbourne shows. The anticipation for the return of the band has been high as the shows will be the first time they hit the stage in two years.
Reactions to “Lover Automatic”
“It’s a stellar comeback with their left field, suave, pop slant sounding ace with hip hop kinda drums and a romance fuelling those grooves”
Declan Byrne, Home & Hosed / Triple J
““Lover Automatic” is one of those tracks which sucks you in with repeat listens. It has an infectious pop hook with sweet falsetto vocals from Luke O’Loughlin….The violin of Jenny McCullagh is always a joy to hear, and Rosie Fitzgerald on bass reminds us why she in such high demand.”
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“It’s a taut and unpretentious three-and-a-half-minute pop package, devoid of fat but still able to accommodate a wonderfully wobbly 35-second synth solo right in the middle of it.”
I KNOW LEOPARD
‘Day 2 Day’