As we come close to the end of another week, we are wrapping up with a bang as we team up with We Are Leif for the premiere of their new single “I’ve Found You.” The song blends to perfection the ethereal and haunting elements of bands such as Portishead and Massive Attack with the mainstream sensibility of London Grammar and Lorde.
Led by the songwriting team of vocalist Louise Victoria and drummer, Mark Whitlam, We Are Leif deftly span the balance of jazz sensibilities with the groove and sound more associated with down-tempo genres like Neo-Soul and R’n’B. Louise’s voice sits comfortably alongside the company of Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens. Musically there are nods in the direction of Erykah Badu and Jill Scott whilst retaining a classic Bristol sound, steeped in the history of bands like Portishead, Massive Attack and Lamb.
A chance meeting of vocalist Louise Victoria and drummer Mark Whitlam at a gig led to a conversation about the frustration of wanting to stretch out musically in a different direction. This direction was looking towards New York’s contemporary, groove-based, jazz-infused musical scene, whilst not forgetting the UK influences.
From there, Louise and Mark began writing together and assembled the band with one of Mark’s long-time collaborators, Dale Hambridge on keyboards and piano, completed by Chris Jones who recently moved to Bristol and has made waves on the local scene with his bass playing.
All four band-mates are established jazz musicians, so improvisations taking flight within a song are never far away. Between them, they span a wide musical landscape, having worked with the likes of ECM artistsAndy Sheppard and Iain Ballamy, Joss Stone, Beverley Knight, Jason Rebello, Ruarri Jones, Clare Teal and Type Sun.
The debut album ‘Breathe’ is due in September, and to launch this We Are Leif will be playing at the Pizza Express Live night in London on Sunday 9th September. This is an exclusive, one night only, performance.