8 Octobre 2022
From CANADA •
Power pop / indie rock outfit The Persian Leaps has released the 'Machines for Living' EP, a 5-track gem of a release, via Land Ski Records.
Based in Minneapolis, The Persian Leaps surrounds principal songwriter, vocalist and guitarist Drew Forsberg. Writing solo under that name for years, he finally assembled a band in 2012.
"The phrase 'Machines for Living' comes from the French architect Le Corbusier. He was a friend/contemporary of Walter Gropius (who started the Bauhaus movement in Germany) and once wrote “a house is a machine for living in,” which is even more true in this era of “smart homes”. The cover art that Jon Hunt designed is inspired by Bauhaus," says Drew Forsberg.
Earlier The Persian Leaps released the singles 'Alright Alright' and 'Maybe Time Will Let Me Forget', the latter of which was written and performed by Jon Asher (Drew's uncle) and folk/rock superstar Dan Fogelberg under the name The Coachmen. Having opened for bands like The Who and The Hollies, their only recorded output was a 45 released on Ledger Records in 1967 with this track as the A-side.
The latest in a fruitful string of releases, The Persian Leaps released their widely acclaimed 'Drone Etiquette' album in late 2021. Here again, they dish out a fine new collection of 90s college rock-inspired compositions, their distinct sound built on a magnetic alternative rock foundation.
From their 2013 debut 'Praise Elephants' EP, which NME Magazine described as “celestial guitar jangle”, the Leaps released an EP every autumn until 2017. From their acclaimed sophomore 'Drive Drive Delay' EP in 2014 to their fifth 'Bicycle Face' EP, they have delivered one perfect power pop cocktail after another. Their massive 2018 'Pop That Goes Crunch' anthology was followed by a return as a studio project, releasing the 'Electrical Living' LP in 2019 and the 'Smiling Lessons' EP in 2020 together with Jon Hunt.
As of October 7, the 'Machines For Living' EP will be available across including Apple Music, Spotify and Bandcamp.
"Silky fuzz and solid hooks echo The Smiths, Orange Juice and Teenage Fanclub with great enthusiasm... celestial guitar jangle" – NME Magazine
"A little bit of R.E.M., a little bit Lemonheads. A dash of The Smiths, a hint of The Replacements... all-reaching, down to earth, good American indie rock" ~ Spill Magazine
"Unpretentious and infectious... vast riffs, euphonious vocals and pop sensibility. captivatingly pleasurable blustery indie rock" – Louder Than War
"Truncated treatises in big-guitar post-punk power-pop" – The Big Takeover
"Huge riffs echoing through your speakers, melodious vocals and the sort of pop sensibility we’ve come to expect from bands like Nada Surf" – Austin Town Hall
The Persian Leaps
Machines For Living
Land Ski Music (new single 'Alright Alright' out September 13)
7 October 2022
1. Alright Alright
2. Maybe Time Will Let Me Forget
3. Lipreader Dyslexia
4. Beautiful Inside
5. The Nicest Way
Drew Forsberg - Vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass, drum programming
Recorded by August Ogren, The Terrarium
Mixed by Neil Weir, Blue Bell Knoll
Mastered by Bruce Templeton, Microphonic Mastering
Cover art by Jon Hunt
Maybe Time Will Let Me Forget written by Jon Frederick Asher (BMI)
Originally performed & recorded by The Coachmen [Ledger Records, 1967]
All Other Songs Land Ski Music (BMI)
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