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“‘Record Stores’ is an achingly alluring song, soft and tender, yet aflame with Leanne’s passionate tones, shifting from hushed whispers to surging timbres.” – Medium
“‘Bring It All Back’ is a display of astute, mature pop music, delivered with grace and emotion.” – CLASH Magazine
“With all of its elements working together towards a single theme, Tennant’s release is looking to be stunningly cohesive, not to mention a killer, head-bobbing work of contemporary indie-blues” – Atwood Magazine
“Right from the haunting acapella intro, Leanne Tennant’s commandingly haunting vocals latch on. ‘Gentle Annie’ — teasingly edges towards complete collapse or euphoric explosion (dependent on your own perspective), as Tennant slowly succumbs to the soulful darkness of her late-night world.” – Rolling Stone
“A bit MØ, a little bit of BANKS, and the musical answer to what would have been if Lana Del Rey had been a bit happier” – Tonspion
“‘Everspin’ is meant to be blared while speeding down a wide-open freeway” – tmrw Magazine
UK-born alternative-pop singer-songwriter Leanne Tennant has shared the video for Record Stores taken from her recently released album, ‘Happiness Is’ . The album is available on limited edition Green Vinyl, CD, and digital, was produced by Konstantin Kersting (Tones and I) and features singer-drummer of Australian alternative rock band Spiderbait, Kram. Tennant has previously been featured on tastemaker publications such as Rolling Stone, Popdust, CLASH Magazine, Atwood Magazine, tmrw Magazine, Medium and recognised as AU Review’s ‘Australian Artists Of The Year’ to name but a few. The songstress is a Carol Lloyd Award-Winning recipient, as well as a three-time Queensland Music Award winner. Tennant has also received radio play across the globe from the likes of BBC Radio 6’s Tom Robinson and Mark Riley, BBC Introducing Merseyside, KCRW, Amazing Radio’s Charlie Ashcroft, Triple J Unearthed and Double J Radio. The songstress’ talents have been showcased at a number of festivals, including BIGSOUND and the 2018 Commonwealth Games and she currently appears on all British Airways flights as of February 2020 on their #nextbigthing in-flight show.
Leanne Tennant was born in Ellesmere Port in England, however, as a small child, she and her family relocated to Papua New Guinea before settling in Australia in the 90’s. Her parents enjoyed music, exposing Leanne to the music of Phil Collins, Paul Simon, Bob Marley and the Beatles. After moving to Australia – Leanne started cutting her teeth on guitar and found her obsession was writing her own songs and getting the melodies out of her head. Her dedication to the art has seen her tour as support and work with artists including but not limited to Cold Chisel, Joel Quartermain (Eskimo Joe), Ash Grunwald, Emma Louise, Keb Mo and Colin Hay. Her superb abilities as a singer-songwriter found company amongst the likes of Brandi Carlile, Courtney Barnett, Kacey Musgraves, Phoebe Bridgers, and Julia Jacklin.
The album is a gentle journey through Leanne Tennant’s skills, featuring well-known songs of hers such as Bring It All Back and Cherry Cola. Taking its time and revealing a delicate balance of tenderness and the modernity surrounding alternative pop, ‘Happiness Is’ draws the listener on an emotional journey alongside the songstress. Record Stores stands as a triumphant sonnet against all metaphorical “bad days”, encouraging self-care and taking joy in the simple aspects of life. Ending the album on a bittersweet note, Leanne Tennant leaves the listener reeling and yearning to immediately press replay so as to understand the overall concept behind the album.
Leanne Tennant speaks about the concept behind the album, “This new body of work is quite different to my previous stuff. I’ve always written in a lot of different styles as I am a lover of all music, and a hater of genres, so mixes of influences are always melding together in my work. The songs for this record would not have fit with my previous work and therefore I have not had the luxury of giving them a shot and trying something out new. I am super proud of how these songs have turned out and feel excited again to be trying something new. The songstress further elaborates, “When I decided upon the name of the album some time ago, I had no idea that it would continue to bring me so much light and joy through such a difficult time. It has been a labour of love and survival, and I so am excited to share it with the world.
The songstress further elaborates on Record Stores, “Record Stores is about the power of music and how it has the ability to change someone’s mindset, and make friends with the black dog. We play it at our weddings, we play it at our funerals and it’s the soundtrack to nearly every important milestone in our lives. Music is necessary and important.”
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