Monday, May 20, 2024

Lesoir Push Back The Horizon

Quietly cultivating a global fan base, five-piece Dutch band Lesoir is now ready to step out of the shadows again for their sixth album, Push Back The Horizon, to be released on 20th September.

The album will be released on CD, LP (black), 2LP (Bloody Mary coloured with ‘Babel’ as bonus track) and digitally. It featuresten songs, composed by the band’s guitarist Ingo Dassen, and lyrics and vocal lines written by singer/multi-instrumentalist Maartje Meessen.

The album was produced by John Cornfield, known for his work with Muse, Kashmir, Razorlight, Supergrass, Robert Plant, New Model Army and Ben Howard, among others. Mastering was done by Steve Kitch, keyboardist with The Pineapple Thief. String compositions and arrangements by Ingo Dassen, James Merryweather and Maartje Meessen.

Title track ‘Push Back The Horizon’ was previously released as a single, and is now followed by new single ‘As Long As Your Girls Smile’ that delves into the intricacies of human existence, exploring relationships and life’s complexities. A sometimes, limited control over circumstances adds nuance to the human experience, revealing a collective tipping point.

You can stream the single here and check out the video here at RAMzine.

The album offers a snapshot of relatable stories, emphasizing life’s potential for both thoughtful moments and unexpected events that provide glimmers of hope. Centered on family and brotherhood, it transcends geographical boundaries, highlighting the power of collective action. Instead of dwelling on the past, the album encourages a forward-looking perspective, urging a collective effort to try again for a better outcome.

Formed in 2009, hailing from Maastricht, Netherlands, Lesoir has always had a professional DIY mentality, and over the four years built a team around them with Glassville Music as their management and bookings agent worldwide. This gives the band the opportunity to focus on their marketing and performance. The band has been completely self-supporting on social media, partly produces its own videos, has a permanent in-house crew, its own mixing desk, IEM, microphone, backline, transport and is equipped to play a show anywhere. For years, the band has been proactive in getting the story of and behind the band across the stage online and offline.

In 2019, the band toured for five weeks with progressive rock band Riverside. After the tour, the band made a real splash within the scene and Mosaic, their subsequent self-released album, with the help of Glassville Records, met with praise, landing on several annual charts.

The band had about 20 headline shows lined up when the pandemic broke out. When touring was temporarily no longer an option, the band used its time to release the 20-minute-and-20-second epic ‘Babel’ on a limited handmade etched vinyl. The 250 pieces were independently released and sold out within four weeks.

Push Back The Horizon is poised for a global release by V2 Records, renowned for their collaborations with Skunk Anansie, Mumford And Sons, Moby, Kaiser Chiefs and Ane Brun. The album can be ordered here.

LESOIR UK LIVES DATES

30th May – The Waiting Room London

31st May – The Great Estate Festival Redruth

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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