It’s been no secret that this year has not gone to anybody’s plan. A new decade is supposed to signal new starts but unfortunately, the universe has had other plans. Still, life in lockdown has forced us to think outside the box when it comes to coping mechanisms and for Hervey Bay’s Leonie Kingdom, navigating her way through this year has meant creating some bright new music.
New single 2020 is a strong release from the indie songwriter, who has been wrapping fans up with her warmth and intricate songwriting chops since 2018. This release, her first for the year, focuses on the year that has been with satiric wit and charming delivery.
From dead cars, to getting lost in the city, to the awkward approach for a stray cigarette, 2020 is presented like a diary entry for a non-eventful week out and about.
As Leonie says, the song looks at the smaller day to day occurrences that can leave us uninspired or deflated, as a way to deflect. “It magnifies all the ‘non-event’ things that went wrong this year whilst subtly ignoring the elephant in the room that is the global pandemic. This is not your ordinary ‘sad’ song, the upbeat production married with pitiful lyrics give the overall song a lighthearted feel.” Leonie Kingdom
Produced and mixed by Jarryd Shuker and Hein Cooper, 2020 finds the offbeat humour in the dankness; with Leonie’s striking vocal and inviting depth too, it’s impossible not to have a wry smile spread across your own face when hearing her sing.
For the 2020 music video, Leonie linked up with animator apricotbanana to provide visuals for this narrative.
Making her debut in 2018 with single release Night Terrors, Leonie Kingdom has been making a name for herself on the East Coast, largely thanks to her haunting vocal presence and emotional sense of songwriting.
Follow up releases So Much More and Rhubarb have demonstrated her growth as an artist, with 2020 only bolstering her reputation as a writer and performer to watch.
“How I love Leonie Kingdom, her vocal ability makes me envious and her songs, in general, break my heart over and over again. It’s so great to see that with every new song reinforces how great she is.”
Triple J, Nkechi Anele
“…displays Leonie Kingdom’s lyrical finesse, giving a heartwarming tenderness as she sings about the weariness of life.”
Happy Magazine (‘So Much More’)
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