Hailing from Southeast London and graduating from Goldsmiths University, Leiik’s work calls to mind Trip-Hop-y productions from the turn of the last century, or perhaps a reimagined, current-day version of them. The music is strikingly cinematic and unapologetically emotional, but often also understated and ambivalent, and the duo takes this twofold mood to a new level of mastery.
Window furthers the reflective, heavy-on-synths atmosphere found in Leiik’s previous work, and expands their use of production subtleties to portray a multifaceted, emotional spectrum. Spencer’s floaty vocals eerily hover over rich layers of sound, delivering a sense of conflict and longing that are sensitively narrated through Barath’s production work. The feeling of helplessness caused by seeing a beloved person’s pain is lyrically and sonically dissected, coming in and out of focus and observed through a distant, filtered lens – a window, if you may.
The single will be released alongside a more hard-hitting remix by fellow Southeast Londoner La Leif, whose rework delves into and expands the darker aspects in the original track. With its spacious feeling and pulsing beat, the remix gives way to an array of new meanings that portrays Window in a whole new light. Listen here