Earlier this month, soulful UK singer songwriter, Alex Lleo presented the breathtaking single ‘4:05’, his first new material since 2018’s Park Studios, JQ and Emanate EPs. A nomadic globe-trotter, Alex has spent a lot of his music career seeking inspiration on the road less travelled, with his endeavours taking him from Norway to Scotland, and all corners of the UK and Europe; each trip harvesting inspiration for any number of songs aching to be written. One such occasion was a short trip to the coast for a change of scenery, whereby Lleo waited for the 4:05 train which was to become the catalyst for his stunning new single as well as a bunch of new tracks yet to be released.
In lieu of a live gig, Alex Lleo is thrilled to present a special stripped back performance of the single in his new video for ‘4:05’ as premiered by BBC last week for BBC Music Introducing in the West Midlands. Recorded in Birmingham at Park Studios JQ and directed by Owain Ulyet, the clip is the closest we’re going to get to an Alex Lleo live show in the foreseeable future. The video offers a perfect encapsulation of the intimate and raw energy of this immense international talent, centering Lleo’s captivating vocals with a minimalist setup that allows space for each note to linger a little while longer.
“Park Studio just feels like home base for me. Owned and operated by my good friend Ali, positioned in a 200+ year-old building that was once used to house many of the country’s most valuable gems (hence the name, gem building), the place just oozes character. Although these songs found their birthplace in Brooklyn, once back on home soil, this felt like the obvious place to tackle them alone!” – Alex Lleo
Recorded over five weeks at a small studio in Brooklyn last year, ‘4:05’ and the songs to follow were tracked with a full six-piece band of seasoned musicians including Quinn Devlin, Zach Calluori, Andy Shimm, Jordan Wolff, Eli Aleinikoff, Sarah Ciceroand and producer, Sahil Ansari. Be sure to keep an ear to the ground for more to come from Alex Lleo in the not too distant future.
Recorded at Park Studios JQ, Birmingham, Uk.
Engineer: Alastair Jamieson
Director: Owain Ulyet
Artist: Alex Lleo
‘4:05’ is out now via AWAL