LELO follows up his recent, critically acclaimed single BREATHING with his most summery release to date, I LOOKED AT THE SUN, which may well be the most perfect dream-pop song of the season.
20-year-old LELO played all the instruments on I LOOKED AT THE SUN and, not wishing to leave any musical stone unturned, called upon his fellow Leeds friends MARSICANS – one of the UK’s most talked about pre-album bands at the moment – and invited them into the studio to add stunning backing vocals to the mix.
I LOOKED AT THE SUN takes influences from Bon Iver, the Beach Boys and the Maccabees, and recalls the naivety and innocence of being young and yearning for the summer, juxtaposed with the physical damage the sun can cause. The track also references subjects such as the Big Bang and losing touch with friends whilst growing up. The video was shot in LELO’s Nan’s back garden on a hot and sunny Spring day on Kodak Super 8 film, using an untested 50-year-old cine camera. The results happily catch the memories of childhood when the summers were hot and long.
LELO possesses a natural gift and passion to deliver heartfelt songs that touch upon subjects that are real and familiar to us all but perhaps are somewhat overlooked. His sound combines an honest and sometimes fragile vocal with densely layered keyboard textures, a tangle of delicate guitars and hypnotic beats.
His debut single, HOME, taken from the DIFFERENT TYPES OF LOVE EP, was released in April last year, with the EP following in July, and launched at a sold out, self-promoted show at Leeds Oporto. His second single, BREATHING, was released to much critical acclaim, and led to a well-attended slot at LIVE AT LEEDS and a live session and single premiere on BBC INTRODUCING. The release of I LOOKED AT THE SUN is already building on those achievements and taking LELO to a further level.