I Know Leopard Sings Dreamy, Upbeat Confections of Art Rock Meets New Wave Delights The Australian Band Had Me Fondly Nostalgic At SXSW
AUSTIN, TX- Have you ever heard a song that reminds you of something from an era gone by? I remember when I was researching acts I wanted to check out at SXSW and I stumbled upon the song “Heather” by the Sydney, Australia based band I Know Leopard. Let’s play a game, shall we? Have a listen and tell me how it makes you feel.
I may be dating myself, but I’m a middle aged man and I was feeling all young again. For some reason I imagined this song being in the soundtrack to that Val Kilmer classic Real Genius. You remember … the last scene when the crowd jumps into the mountains of popcorn that flooded out of the director’s house that caused by the experimental laser and Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Want To Rule The World” starts playing over the end credits? For some reason, I imagined “Heather” playing as those credits rolled.
At SXSW, I Know Leopard was previewing music from their debut album Love Is A Landmine, which was released on April 5th, 2019. The selections that they played at their official SXSW showcase were dreamy, upbeat confections of art rock meets new wave delights. I was enjoying their music so much that their 40 minute set felt too short.
For me, I Know Leopard had me feeling a bit nostalgic for those innocent days of years gone by. Like those halcyon days, their music just feels pure and pristine. And whether your halcyon days are the late 70s, 80s or even “1991” (that’s the name of another track off their album, which frighteningly parallel my general thoughts), I Know Leopard’s music can surely serve as your own soundtrack.