Gold Coast three-piece Leopold’s Treat, have today released the title track from upcoming album Cold River.
It’s an uplifting track that showcases Kate Leopold’s mesmerising voice as well as the abilities of her bandmates Dave Honeyman and Kieran Richardt.
In his review of the track, Blank GC’s Anthony Gebhardt says “the group’s inherent ability to display their musical dexterity without overwhelming the canvas allows the song to breathe and flourish in equal measure.”
The track commences with a moody, descending, guitar motif embellished with tasteful touches of Weissenborn lap slide guitar, low clarinet and glockenspiel, before the strikingly emotive vocals of singer Kate Leopold enter the fray, driving the track forward into a gentle canter.
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The album is a long time coming for Leopold’s Treat. It’s been four years since Kate launched her debut EP It Goes By, with the band working together ever since.
“That was recorded as a solo effort originally,” Kate said of the EP, which was supported by a City of Gold Coast RADF grant. “But we enjoyed playing together so much that we came up with a band name.”
Kate said the recording process for the album Cold River began in March 2014. When I ask her what took so long (with a laugh, of course) she said “it seemed like a really quick time to me.”
“But yeah, I guess we didn’t want to be in a rush to pump something out without thinking about it,” Kate said. But she assures me there hasn’t been much down time in that year. “We’ve been bringing together things like the album artwork, which was done by Rebecca Cunningham,” she said, amongst other things.
Blank GC has been lucky enough to get a sneak listen to the entire album and can tell you that this title track does little to hint at the diversity of songs included. The band have also suggested a second single may be released ahead of the album launch.
Kate tells us a little bit about that event which will take place 10 October at Board Culture. She’s particularly excited about having Adam Biggs on the sound desk.
“I’m absolutely a big fan of his,” Kate said. “I’m really stoked that he said yes to doing sound.”
There’s a few other things she can tell us about the night. She says there’s a bunch of amazing people – mostly friends – who are coming to perform on the night, like Ella Fence and performance poet Josh Holms.
“And we’re going to transform that space out the back with some lighting and create a bit of a jungle vibe out there,” she said. “It’s going to be a really special, beautiful night, with a great vibe and great sound and a dynamic mix of performance.”
“People will get a program when they come in the door,” she said, which only grows my curiosity about the event. I guess I’ll have to head along to find out.