Listen - forget your Sons of Lumineer Mumford thump-thump-holler-thump folk renaissance. Gather ye round the campfire; bring your uke, bring your flute, borrow a string section, and let’s have us some low-key harmonies and delicate picking.
We Were Wasted is taken from The Leisure Society’s excellent debut album The Sleeper. Its string arrangement flows like Nick Drake’s River Man, while the tendrils of its picked melody wrap themselves around a typically affecting Nick Hemming vocal line.
While their subsequent albums might have lost some of the nuance of The Sleeper with their bigger budget and bigger band, at their core they still retain the song-writing craft that led Hemming to an Ivor Novello nomination for The Last of the Melting Snow.