Leon of Athens – Xenos 
Leon Of Athens - Xenos

Release Date: Out Now

As a list of influences go, Talking Heads, Fugazi, Nick Drake, Brian Eno, Velvet Underground and Diego Maradona is a pretty eclectic and eccentric list. It’s also a list that could never have been compiled by an Englishman – no Englishman would cite Maradona as an influence when trying to describe the music they create. Anyway, that’s all by the by, Leon of Athens (the compiler of said list) has a new single out by the name of ‘Xenos’ and, well, it starts as a lo-fi piece of alt-pop based on a lone pulse and some subdued vocals. Then comes the sexy guitar riff and shuffling beat that is as itchy as it is urgent. There’s some light relief in the floaty chorus but in general this song exists on nervous energy and a sense of unease that is hard to shake off even when the time runs out and this four-minute beast builds to an abrupt crescendo. Intriguing, for sure, like a mysterious figure in the shadows – intriguing but unnerving.