LEY LINE ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE
“SLOW DOWN” IS OUT ON APRIL 24, 2020
THE WORLD FOLK FUSION GROUP RELEASES A SONG TO HELP BRING POSITIVITY DURING THESE TIMES
ALSO ANNOUNCES A NEW PODCAST SERIES EXCLUSIVELY FOR PATREON SUBSCRIBERS
Austin world folk fusion group, Ley Line, is proud to announce their new single “Slow Down” set for release on April 24, 2020. The new release follows the band’s 2019 breakout single “Oxum,” which catapulted the band as KUTX’s “Artist of the Month” and was a highlight during their Austin City Limits Music Festival set captured in this stunning video. “Oxum” was also placed on predominant Spotify playlists including “Vibra Tropical” and “Novedades Viernes MX” boosting the song to over 225,000 plays to date. The momentum continued with Ley Line winning a grant from the prestigious Black Fret organization.
Ley Line is the musical merging of two duos. Austinites Kate Robberson and Emilie Basez met twin sisters Madeleine and Lydia Froncek at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2013. Since reuniting in Austin in 2016, Ley Line has been weaving together their individual journeys into a collective vision to unite audiences around the world. Their eclectic music explores balance and harmony between the unique perspectives of the four songwriters and instrumentalists. Their highly anticipated sophomore album, We Saw Blue is scheduled for release in the summer of 2020 with a vinyl pressing and an accompanied visual album comprised of unique footage from their 2017 Brazilian trip.
Coming off the success of “Oxum,” a celebratory, high energy, rhythmically complex song, “Slow Down” takes a different direction moving the listener inward through Folk Americana influences and stripped down arrangement. It is the perfect song for staying positive in these trying times, especially with its inspirational lyrics. The band explains, “Our world is changing so quickly and these past few weeks have been a rollercoaster. We thought that now, more than ever, we’d like to send out a message of positivity to the world. One that encourages us to revel in the beauty of spring, to focus on loving ourselves, and to remember the natural cycles of life. We’ve been working on our album We Saw Blue for the past few years and decided to put this song on the B-side, as one of our folkier stripped down tunes. We weren’t planning on releasing “Slow Down” as a single, but found it to be all too relevant to the current state of the world.”
Kate, the main songwriter for “Slow Down” describes her inspiration, “Slow Down was written as a mantra during the pursuit of love. A way to come back to myself. A way to let go of expectations. A way to see things as they are instead of as I wished them to be. To allow the rhythm of spring to speed up the natural world while giving myself time for stillness. By slowing down, I allow myself to feel. Release from the past. A call to be present. All we truly have is the moment.” She adds, “When we played this song during our first live stream during quarantine, I sang these lyrics and knew that we needed to release this song as a single. I want to share my process of letting go. That by slowing down we can find a new perspective and appreciate where we are, both physically and emotionally.
Emilie, Madeleine, Kate, and Lydia are also producing a new podcast series titled Following Ley Line, which goes in depth on certain topics including the stories behind the songs on the new album. The discussions will weave between topics of the band’s origin story, the influences and instrumentation of different songs, and stories of their tour through Brazil. This podcast series will be a Patreon exclusive (https://www.patreon.com/leyline), so fans are encouraged to sign up to get early access of the podcast and upcoming music.
Although we are living in difficult times, Ley Line is reminding us to slow down and recalibrate ourselves. As Emilie concludes, “I find that in the most challenging moments of our lives, I always return to our music, the lyrics, the feeling, to be reminded that the teacher is within.”
Emilie Basez: Guitar/Vocals
Madeleine Froncek: Upright Bass/Vocals
Kate Robberson: Ukulele/Vocals
Lydia Froncek: Percussion/Vocals