The song is the latest to be taken from his forthcoming album Xenos, produced by David Kosten (Bat For Lashes, Everything Everything), due out on January 19th.
‘Utopia’ pulls together melancholic electronics and solemn vocal tones before breaking into a jubilant bright chorus bursting with optimism.
The album Xenos is a beautiful, thoughtful piece of work, informed by the refugee crisis, the rise of fascist groups in Euope and Brexit, but also personal upheavals: fractured relationships and death in the family.
From the uplifting indie-pop of previous singles ‘Aeroplane’ and ‘Fire Inside You’, to the dark creeping electronics of the title track and ‘Serpents Egg’, Leon Of Athens proves himself an intriguing and exciting force. There are delicate moments on the stark piano led ballads of ‘Letters To My Father’ and ‘Final Moment’, while the album closes with the joyous ode to his favourite place in the world ‘Corfu’.
The album follows the highly acclaimed release of his 2015 debut album Global, which was championed by the likes of The Guardian, NME, Q, New York Times and more.
Leon has been inspired by life within a country that has been facing many challenges during recent years. His music has become a huge draw in his home country where he has played to audiences of thousands.
He recently completed a sold out UK and European tour, which included a headline show at The Lexington, London. He will play live once again in the capital on November 17th at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. Tickets are available now through Ticket Web.
LEON OF ATHENS TOUR DATES
28/10 – Athens, Six D.O.G.S
07/11 – Berlin, Musik & Frieden
17/11 – London, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen
25/11 – Brussels, De Lijsterbes
PRAISE FOR LEON OF ATHENS
“Brainy pop inspired by Bernardo Bertolucci, inflected with electronic, folk and other flavours” – The Guardian
“Leon of Athens has mastered the art of electronica-tickled, horn-smattered, melodic pop.” – NME
“The Greek god of indie-pop” – Wonderland