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Royston Langston of LEEDS; Photo Credit: Marc Scrivo
Renowned vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Royston Langdon (former lead singer of British rock band Spacehog) is set to release his first vinyl LP, Everything’s Dandy, under the new moniker LEEDS (a nod to his UK hometown), on May 4th.
Everything’s Dandy is the culmination of his 24 years in New York, both in its content and its production. “I’ve lived here longer than I’ve lived anywhere on the planet,” says Langdon of NYC. “I feel like I’m part of the city in a way.” He sees a connection between the waves of gentrification diminishing the city’s creative spirit and his “experience of loss and also growth.” In his songs, Langdon writes of this not necessarily with nostalgia in mind, but with a sense of “awe” at how life moves forward.
Recorded in the fall of 2017, Langdon enlisted Bryce Goggin (Antony and the Johnsons, The Apples in Stereo) to produce and engineer Everything’s Dandy. While Langdon played many of the instruments himself on the album, he asked a few longtime friends to play on select cuts, including drummer Parker Kindred (Jeff Buckley), multi-instrumentalist Timo Ellis (Yoko Ono, Joan as Police Woman), and Grammy-nominated saxophonist, flautist, and clarinetist Jay Rodriguez (Prince).
Originally from Leeds, England, Langdon got his start playing music in the U.K. In 1994, however, he followed his brother Antony to New York and fell for the city immediately. Not long after the move, Spacehog formed. In the fall of 1995, they released the debut album Resident Alien, which spawned the hit single “In the Meantime.” Three more albums followed over the next 18 years.
More recently, Langdon has worked on the industry side of music, using his own experiences to help up-and-coming artists. Yet, he remained a musician at heart. The evolution of Everything’s Dandy began in 2016, after Langdon’s son moved to London. The changes in Langdon’s own life, as well as the changes in the city that has been his home for so long, sparked new ideas.
The Big Takeover is honored to premiere an absorbing track from Langdon’s upcoming album, the David Bowiesque piano pop number “We Are Not Alone.” A reminiscing Langdon broods in a deep to light yearning tone amid contemplative piano notes, brighter zippy synths, and a sedate drum beat pace. As he softly curves his words, lost in dreamy reflection, he’s surrounded by by morphing vocal accompaniment, which adds a spacey element to the vocals and piano-centered piece.
View the recent video for “Someone” by LEEDS:
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