Indie-folk artist from Suffolk, Leon O’Leary, releases his new single Got This Love For You, with guest vocals by Gyuri Baek. This song serves as an introduction to his highly anticipated debut EP Pretend (To Be Saviours), marking a fresh phase in his career that has already seen him enchanting listeners throughout the UK.
The single starts with a rhythmical, echo-laden guitar, building up with electronic bass and deep tom-heavy drums towards a soaring chorus that injects a sense of bliss into the song, all while highlighting O’Leary’s fervent lead vocals.
The inclusion of Gyuri Baek in the second verse adds a compelling dynamic to the song, with her ethereal Korean vocals weaving through the melody, leading to a powerful harmony in the chorus.
Discussing the single, Leon shares: “I first started coming up with the lyrics for the song whilst staying with my girlfriend in Manchester, after opening up to her about my relationship anxiety and the occasional paranoia/trust issues I was dealing with – which was weighing me down. So, I wanted to write a song about it. I went back home and started messing with a distorted, delay saturated drum loop using Logic’s stock drums and began coming up with a guitar riff. I then got in touch with Gyuri who was introduced to me by my girlfriend as a friend and after hearing some of her music I instantly wanted to collab with her. I thought blending my Irish and English influences with Gyuri’s Korean would make for a really interesting feel. One night we were all talking about the song’s meaning and how Gyuri resonated with it. She began writing her part in Korean and recorded her vocals in London with the rest being finished here at home in my bedroom.”
O’Leary, who has made his mark playing at renowned festivals like Latitude, Wild Paths, and Lakefest, was spotlighted as one of BBC Introducing East’s ‘Artists to Watch For 2022’.
Influenced by a diverse array of musicians such as Ben Howard, Bruce Springsteen, The War On Drugs, and Hozier, O’Leary crafts a blend of folk and indie-alternative that serves as a perfect backdrop for his expressive singing.
Leon O’Leary’s journey so far has been notable, gracing stages alongside Bernard Butler, The Feeling, and many more, earning accolades from Amazing Radio to BBC Introducing. As he gears up for the release of Pretend (To Be Saviours), O’Leary stands on the cusp of truly establishing himself as a breakthrough artist in the indie-folk scene, with Got This Love For You heralding an exciting era of his musical voyage.
Upcoming Live Dates (supports, festivals and headline shows):
March 2nd – The Gunners with TurtleTempo – London
March 12th – The Cambridge Junction – Cambridge
May 6th – The Portlands Arms supporting Van Houten – Cambridge
July 6th – Pax Festival
August 10th – 13th – Lakefest (Date Unconfirmed)