It’s the year of 2023, also known as the year of Leisurevision, as the New Zealand collective return with their 4th studio album - titled as such.
In a world preoccupied with instant gratification and overnight success, LEISURE have been taking the scenic route. The five members - and mates - came together in 2015 on a spontaneous trip up New Zealand’s ragged west coast. At that stage, they’d independently spent years churning through the music machine’s tight jaws. Individually, the five are award winning songwriters, producers and creatives. Together, they resolved to carve out a new musical paradigm: cut the crap, enjoy the ride and above all, keep it LEISURE.
This ethos underpinned their critically acclaimed debut record, a hazy collection of funk-laced basslines and breathy vocals that make you want to crack open a cold one while floating down a river. Their follow up album Twister chucked this ethos in the blender, juxtaposing their chilled spirit with lyrics that trace the anxieties plaguing modern life.
Third studio album Sunsetter was a 12-track release and a culmination of their 2020/2021 EP’s ‘SIDE A’ and ‘SIDE B’. As the world provided it’s challenges, the group decided to release the record in phases, “we wanted to release music that really made us ‘feel’ something, in real time, as we created it”. Hopeful that their musical vibrations would “accompany the human spirit on the escalator to the mad world ahead”, the album provided a deep dive into immersive waters, playing thematically between conscious and unconsciousness, embracing challenges and moving forward for the betterment of oneself.
350+ million streams later, a collaboration with Goldlink, and sold out dates throughout NZ, Australia, UK, Europe and now USA, they’re doing something right.
A colourful new season is ushered in with Leisurevision, encapsulated by the colour Green - symbolic of growth, renewal, and rebirth.