Absorb Yourself In Leo Wood's Emotive 'Deeper Rise' EP
The name may be ambiguous, but upon listening to U.K. singer Leo Wood the appeal of her absorbing musical sensibility is immediately clear. Setting out her creative stall at the intersection of languidly tempered electronica-infused beats, bluesy melancholia and folk-ish introspection, her 'Deeper Rise' EP is a hauntingly absorbing collection of slow-burning emotion and moody spaciousness.
Headlined by the exquisitely nuanced emotion and maturely knowing, soulful equanimity of her opera-trained - and blues and soul inspired - vocal tone, Wood weighs her confessional lyrics with a profoundly moving instinct for heart-wrenching, deeply moving emotion. Co-produced with Bristol based DJ and producer Fortune, 'Deeper Rise''s sparse, broodingly ruminative sonic palette is as chill as it is desolate, equal parts sweet surrender for the conscience and capacious harbinger of turbulent emotion.
'Stones' creeping bass thrum and jangled shimmer finds Woods numbed to love's warmth; Wood's richly melancholic vocal inhabits the percussive knock, mournful strings and delicate guitar with a patient encouragement on 'Silly Girl'; a trickling piano, dappled percussion and glitchy flicker bed in her soaring vocal on 'Justification''s desirous yearning; the hazily shifting synth swirls, muted digital pulse and ethereal harmonies of 'Rucksacks & Sleeping Bags' see Wood's soulful musing contemplating the resolution of a estranged love. Movingly emotive, absorbingly confessional and intricately minimalist, the 'Deeper Rise' EP is a compelling amalgam of nuanced electronica, bluesy melancholy and folky vulnerability that marks out Wood's self-described 'urban folk' sensibility as one that you should have no hesitation in embracing.