Brand new Welsh singer-songwriter / musician Leon Stanford is poised to announce his debut release with the arrival of ‘By Your Side’, lifted from the forthcoming EP ‘Fear Is Heavy’ due to land this November.
An emotive, poignant outing, ‘By Your Side’ draws on a myriad of influences from soul, indie and pop. Leon explains, “This is one of the first songs I really got excited about whilst writing on my iPhone smart keyboard before developing it more with Danny Owen on an old piano in my mate’s flat. The song is written for all to relate to about not giving up on love but one of the last lines of the song gives the true identity of the meaning. ‘Give me your hand, to give it away’. The song is about a father who through a breakup has lost time with watching his daughter grow up and it’s him saying to her that I’ll never give up on being part of your life.”
The new EP ‘Fear Is Heavy’ is an introspective thought piece, channelling the spirit of Leon’s heroes while growing up, an eclectic mix of personalities from Tom Jones, Springsteen to Adele, Otis Redding to Joni Mitchell, Ben Folds to Norah Jones, Counting Crows to Van Morrison, the list goes on.
Leon recalls, “I have spent years writing songs in a band but the last year or two I focused on my solo work, travelling between London, Bristol and Cardiff, writing with a handful of songwriters. The EP was mainly written with one of my oldest friends Danny Owen, who helps me turn ideas in my head into songs. I wrote songs on my break whilst painting empty houses and using the hallway or bathroom acoustics to blast the melodies out to no one but the freshly painted walls. I find inspiration for lyrics from the stories of people around me and the people I meet on my painting jobs as well as personal experiences.”
‘Fear Is Heavy’ delivers a distinctly emphatic and relatable perspective with its deep emotional core and textures; anchored by Leon’s contemplative vocals. He goes on to add, “’Fear is Heavy’ started as a bunch of lyrics and a melody with no chords until a session with George Glew in Bristol. The lyrics were written about when you are younger and your head’s filled with dreams and endless possibilities which adults help you to grow but as you grow older the stories of hope become replaced with hard hitting reality and pain in the fear that there is more hate out there than love. Everyone loves to see children believe in magic but in adults we tend to push the opposite and we are limited by fear.”
‘By Your Side’ will be made available on all digital platforms on 16th October.