Artist to Watch: Austrian duo, Leyya


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Austrian rising talent LEYYA, release their new single Drumsolo” to be taken from their upcoming album Sauna (out 1/26/18).

Premiering on NOISEY, the track is an offbeat, indie gem that experiments with different layers of sound,  combining textures of indie rock, electronica, jazz and rnb. The song, while playful and colorful, harks at an understated emotional glamour, with captivating instrumentals that are the perfect vehicle for the wistful vocals.

“’Drumsolo’ is one of our favourite tracks of the new album,” the band told NOISEY“On the one hand, it’s very complex (at one point it doesn’t even make sense ‘music theoretically’). But, on the other hand, the melody is very catchy so you don’t notice its quirkiness, that’s what we always wanted our tracks to be like: different layers to discover depending on the listener’s mood.”

“Drumsolo” follows the success of their previous singles, “Oh Wow” and “Zoo”, which have received vast support from tastemakers such as Pigeons and Planes, Wonderland Magazine, Clash magazine, Complex, Konbini, The 405, Consequence of Sound, BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart, BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne, Virgin Radio Playlist, Radio 1 Playlist in Germany and Austrian FM4’s Radio Charts amongst others.

The duo, comprised of Sophie Lindinger and Marco Kleebauer, have been riding a wave of success – which seemingly came to life of its own accord. Their debut album Spanish Disco was the catalyst – creating a cause and effect whirlwind of huge festival dates and radio play, as well as television and film performances. Hit single “Superego” quickly racked up nearly 3 million streams on Spotify.

Their ensuing trail among Europe’s tastemaker festivals included shows at The Great Escape (Brighton, UK), Liverpool Sound City (Liverpool, UK), Tallinn Music Week (Tallinn, EE), PrimaveraSound (Barcelona, SP) and Electronic Beats at Reeperbahn Festival (Hamburg, DE) – before finally headlining Popfest (Vienna, AT) back home, where they played to a crowd of 20,000 in front of the famous Karlskirche in Vienna’s beautiful City Centre.

LEYYA’s performance at Iceland Airwaves was called one of the “most exciting” on display by Consequence of Sound; while Musikexpress was similarly enthusiastic about their show at Eurosonic Nooderslag, calling it “The best concert of this year’s Eurosonic Festival.”Leyya will be building on their live success performing at numerous festivals across Europe in 2018 and are looking forward to playing to US audiences in at SXSW 2018. Stay tuned for more dates to be announced.

With Austria’s most esteemed music prize – an Amadeus Music Award under their belts, they went on to New York’s Indie Week where they cemented their status as a force to be reckoned with. LEYYA proved that they don’t rely on tried and tested patterns, but always develop their sound in order to stay fresh, modern and relevant.


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