After spending the last few years building and cultivating their sound, Polish twins leisure fm are now introducing themselves to the wider world with their immersive debut EP 'fables'.
Conjuring a wonderfully rich and shimmering aesthetic for their initial release, this new four-track collection makes for a vibrant introduction to their sound so far. With its dark and haunted textures, woozy atmosphere, and compelling vocals layered throughout, 'fables' sets them up as one of the more captivating names to have emerged so far this year.
So with the new EP available to stream now, we sat down with them to find out more about their origins and what has been inspiring them lately.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
The violin; it’s used a lot in Polish folk music and we’ve always found it fascinating and beautiful.
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
Definitely pop music; our parents hated it as they were big into alternative music so it felt very rebellious to watch MTV.
What was the first album you remember owning?
Nelly Furtado - Loose
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
Hmm, maybe ‘Video Games’ by Lana Del Ray. It’s simple but very lush and beautiful, and had us all in a chokehold in 2012. Or ‘Glory Box’ by Portishead - it’s so dark and sensual.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
We always start by writing down a snippet of lyrics or a phrase that comes to mind and then build a song around it. It’s usually something that’s been bothering us and we’re trying to work out our feelings by writing them down.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
Lana Del Rey, Beach House, Caroline Polachek, Mitski, Weyes Blood, Portishead, Mazzy Star, Eartheater, Dido; definitely in our sad girl era at the moment.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Maybe Portishead in the 90s. That would be something!
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
We love the production process - sitting down with the lyrics and seeing what happens when we open up Ableton. It’s rewarding and sometimes surprising to see what comes out. We also love singing and writing. It's so cathartic to get all your ruminations out.
And what is the most frustrating part?
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Stick to your vision. Play the long game.
leisure fm's debut EP 'fables' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.