On July 22nd, Leveland (pronounced Level Land) will release their introspective new single ‘River’ produced by Martin Corrigan and released via Super Native Records. ‘River’ follows debut single ‘National Treasure’ is the second single to be taken from the band’s debut album ‘VESSELS’ set for release in Sept 2021.
Watch ‘River’ video HERE
Listen to ‘River’ HERE
‘River’ delivers a rich multi-layered soundscape that draws us in from the outset. A laidback sultry vocal, dances atop a warm bassline, gritty synths and twangy guitar arrangements, to create a dreamland that blurs the lines between reality and fantasy.
Speaking about the song lead singer Oisin said “I bought a cheap Epiphone just for the electric blue colour and a set of gold lipstick pickups, together with a few knobs from my old microwave I put together a guitar with an almost detuned twang without the use of any pedals. When I plugged it in for the first time, I played the first three chords that came to mind and the track built organically from there. It reminded me of something I’d play in my mate’s garage after school. I wanted it to be hooky and fun hence the three different choruses.
The song itself is an amalgamation of several notions from whatever I was reading during a long and arduous lock-down from alien encounters to the healing properties of the River Jordan. I just can’t wait to play it live.
Leveland are Irish three-piece Oisin O’Scolai (Vocals, guitars, keys, synths, percussion) Chris Doherty (Bass Guitar) and Stephen Leacock (Drums) with the backing vocals performed, by Irish singer songwriter, Neptune M. Their debut single was supported online by leading Irish music sites such as Irish News, Hot Press and Golden Plec as well as a host of international online tastemakers.
At the start of 2020 Leveland frontman Oisin O’Scolai was recording as a solo artist under his own name and at his wit’s end trying to shake up the space he was in sonically. When the pandemic hit, he retreated home to rural Ireland where he began writing and recording new songs in a spare room in his mother’s house, with no aim other than to save the songs he’d written for the studio. Writing with this new mindset led to the artist recording without any restrictions in terms of genre or lyrical substance and within a short space of time he was ready to present a batch of new songs to his Belfast based producer Martin Corrigan, and the artist formally known as Oisin O’Scolai was never mentioned again.
Leveland have been signed to Super Native Records and a series of live dates are set to be announced soon.
“The catchy debut single National Treasure sets out Leveland’s stall in fine, world-weary style, while also name-checking Nicolas Cage on its earwormy chorus.” – Irish News
“‘National Treasure’ delivers an evocative soundscape of shiny, harmony-laden guitar and richly textured percussion.” – Hotpress
Watery bass lines and vocals from Donegal native Oisin O’Scolai give a psychedelic feel, while the lo-fi energy maintains the track’s sunny disposition – Belfast Media