UK artist Alex Lleo has been creating lush, soulful melodic music since childhood, touring and performing as a teen throughout the UK and Europe at the turn of the decade, then breaking onto the scene with two back-to-back releases in 2018. Three-track EPs Park Studios, JQ and Emanate each caught the attention of fans and industry alike with their raw honesty and contagious mellow vibes, garnering Alex Lleo an international, dedicated fan base. Now the rising artist is thrilled to reveal his first new material in two years, with his stunning new single ‘4:05’ out Friday 10 July via AWAL.
Grounded in acceptance and undulating with reciprocal gratitude for both himself and others, Lleo recalls a moment of introspective clarity on ‘4:05’. Wrapped up in exquisite vocals, a soft tinkering of keys and warm guitar melodies that stick with you long after the final strum, ‘4:05’ is an emotive number as familiar as a home, yet fresh like a long-awaited summer holiday. Recorded in New York City with Alex Lleo’s full six-piece band and produced by Sahil Ansari, ‘4:05’ is a stunning display of Lleo’s uncanny ability to somehow stop you in your tracks and propel you forward in the same breath.
“‘4:05’ seemed a unanimous choice to start us off. I think everyone just instinctively knew how this one needed to be, ‘cruisey’. It also felt pretty fitting from a personal point for me. The idea for this one came during a moment of weird uncertainty about not only my music, but some relationships that had suffered thanks to some poor decision making. This idea of ‘go out for yourself for once’ was set as a sort of reminder to anyone that often puts others before themselves, to take time out and recharge. It was my attempt at trying to acknowledge and thank those people in my life, whilst simultaneously prompting the value of independence for everyone!” – Alex Lleo
Growing up in the small town of Lickey Hills in Worcestershire, England, Alex Lleo has always found inspiration in nature, constantly referencing it in his work and seeking it out in his travels, touring extensively throughout the UK, Europe, and most recently the U.S which lead to recording a bulk of new material in New York. Cutting his teeth with a formative residency in the alps of Norway, Alex Lleo’s seasoned musicianship has since seen him support the likes of Leif Vollebekk and Matt Corby, plus headline his own shows in Scotland, and back home at London’s famous St Pancras Old Church.
Alex Lleo – Composer, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Quinn Devlin – Fender Rhodes, Piano, Juno 60, Rainstick
Zach Calluori – Electric Guitar
Andy Shimm – Electric Bass
Jordan Wolff – Drums
Eli Aleinikoff – Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax
Sarah Cicero – Vocals
Sahil Ansari – Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Shakers, Tambourine, Maraca
Mastered by Christian Wright, Abbey Road