London-based Greek indie-pop star Leon of Athens has unveiled the lyric video for his new single ‘Utopia’. The track is taken from the forthcoming album Xenos, to be released on February 9th.
The video features live and behind-the-scenes footage, filmed during his sold out European tour, including his headline show at London’s Hoxton Bar & Kitchen. A collage of uplifting crowd shots and energetic footage of the band on and off stage, the video compliments the melancholic electronics and jubilant chorus of ‘Utopia’.
Leon Of Athens channels a similar widescreen pop sensibility as Bastille, James Bay and Bright Light Bright Light, alongside the flamboyant beauty of Sufjan Stevens, Perfume Genius and John Grant.
His brand new album Xenos is a beautiful, thoughtful piece of work. From the uplifting indie-pop of previous singles ‘Aeroplane’ and ‘Fire Inside You’, to the dark creeping electronics of the title track and ‘Serpents Egg’, Leon Of Athens proves himself an intriguing and exciting force. There are delicate moments on the stark piano-led ballads of ‘Letters To My Father’ and ‘Final Moment’, while the album closes with the joyous ode to his favourite place in the world ‘Corfu’.
The album follows the highly acclaimed release of his 2015 debut album Global, which was championed by the likes of The Guardian, NME, Q, New York Times and more. It is produced by David Kosten (Bat For Lashes, Everything Everything) and is informed lyrically by the refugee crisis, the rise of fascist groups in Europe and Brexit, but also personal upheavals: fractured relationships, lost faith, youth, freedom and death.
Leon has been inspired by life within a country that has been facing many challenges during recent years. His music has become a huge draw in his home country where he has played to audiences of thousands. Leon of Athens will be playing an album launch show at The Lexington in London on
Tickets are available here.
In March he heads to the USA where he performs at Okeechobee Festival in Florida alongside the likes of Arcade Fire, Travis Scott & Foster The People and at South By South West in Austin, Texas.
Watch the lyric video for ‘Utopia’ below.