It’s “Saturday,” According to Leisure Chief!

I know, I know it’s Friday, January 15, but, according to Leisure Chief, it’s “Saturday, Saturday, Saturday with you”!

Orlando’s outstanding funk-soul-fusion-R&B-rock quintet Leisure Chief just released their new single “Saturday” from their much-anticipated new album Cosmic Comics, due January 29. It’s been a hot minute and a half since their first album, King of Nothing, debuted in 2016, 

Leisure Chief

This band can go in some many great directions, but they specialize in gorgeous silky soul jazz, and “Saturday” hits that target in the bullseye. Their sound is so fresh, and the rest of the new album is match for this first track. The music was written by Derek Engstrom and produced by Keegan Matthews, embodying the evolution of the band’s sound since their 2019 double-single “Deux.” The quintet here is augmented by strings, horns, and percussion to flesh out the dynamic range of the group.

Leisure Chief

There are plenty of reasons why Leisure Chief were recently voted Best Jazz Act in Orlando Weekly’s 2020 reader poll “Best of Orlando.” Five of the best reasons are: Derek Engstrom, lead vocals, background vocals, acoustic guitar, drums; Christian Ryan, alto Saxophone, background vocals; Jordan Garno, Fender Stratocaster guitar; Keegan Matthews, Fender Rhodes Mark II; and Chris McMullen, Fender Precision bass.

Leisure Chief

Trumpet, trombone, percussion, and a string quartet add great color to the album: Paul Chong-You, trumpet; Derrick Harris, trombone; Aleksandr Zhuk, violin; Ekaterina Gorkhover, violin; Abigail Dreher, viola; Aaron Merritt, cello; and Jorge “ITO” Colón Jr., percussion.

Leisure Chief are best known for their live shows at clubs and festivals in Florida. Cosmic Comics sets about reaffirming their talent in the studio, bringing to life their vision of something beyond. Working with engineers Brian Robertson and Andrew Yeomanson (City Of Progress Studio) and having the album mastered by Grammy award-winning Emily Lazar, assisted by Chris Allgood (The Lodge), has enabled them to bring their vision to life much better than their previous works could.

Leisure Chief

From their press release:

Conceptually, Engstrom cites his inspiration for writing the album title Cosmic Comics as drawn from the book Cosmic Comics by author Italo Calvino, and the ability to illuminate beauty and perspective in often overlooked aspects of life; both serious and playful, but most importantly, parts of the same universe. The album carries that same quality, allowing each song to be explored in and of itself, but clearly parts of a whole. 

Cosmic Comics will be released on January 29 and can be purchased/streamed on Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and other platforms. Follow Leisure Chief on Facebook (facebook.com/leisurechief) and/or Instagram (@leisurechief) for announcements and countdown content leading up to the release. Live shows debuting the single and album are TBD due to the pandemic but will release streaming and live show plans as soon as possible via Bandsintown – www.bandsintown.com/leisurechief

 

Leisure Chief

The new single “Saturday” features Matthews on electric piano and Garno on guitar, with McMullen’s bass pulsing along with Engstrom’s drums. This is so silky smooth in the very best sense of the word. Engstrom’s beautiful vocals dominate, reminiscent of Jamiroquai and Tortured Soul, with Ryan on backing vocals. The chorus highlights the string quartet and the horns.

Saturday, Saturday, Saturday with you
Is the reason that can get me through.
Another day to lift the weight.
Forget about the childish things we do.

When I look into your eyes.
They shine the same color.
Of brown and green and white.
It’s a marvel to behold you.
As we stare into the sky.
Forgive ourselves our former plight.
Only time can nullify.
Bring us closer to the light.

Saturday, Saturday, Saturday with you
Is the reason that can get me through.
Another day to lift the weight.
Forget about the childish thing we do.

Until we love ourselves again.

And absolve ourselves the obvious,
Honey let the light shine in.

Saturday, Saturday, Saturday with you
Is the reason that can get me through.
Another day to lift the weight
Forget about the childish things we do.

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