Please meet Leanne Tennant
Surrounded by the depths of the rainforest and the azure glory of the reef, Leanne Tennant is an artist who pulls you across boundaries. Her songs sweep and fall, rock and flow and bring you into her world – one where you can escape that concrete, check out for a little and get lost in myriad stories of real people, real life and real experiences.
Her first album Pull Up Your Britches (2015) built her serious momentum across the country – her sophomore album Red Wine, Late Nights (2016) followed, both received Queensland Music Awards, glowing reviews for tracks ‘Gentle Annie’ and ‘Bearing the Crown’ - along with national and international airplay, touring, supports, festival slots and TV placements.
Now Leanne is releasing her third album after winning the prestigious Carol Lloyd Award in 2018, and sees her branch out into new directions and exploring a completely new sonic pallet.
The tracks are a glimpse of what we can expect from Leanne’s new direction, and within the first 48 hours of release, both tracks gained official rotation on Double J, added to RAGE and featured as 'Wild One', premiered by BBC Radio, was picked up by Tom Robinson on BBC Radio 6 and play-listed on UK’s Amazing Radio after reaching #1 spot on Charlie Ashcroft’s show, received producers pick on BBC-Merseyside and an offer to perform In-Studio at BBC Radio, UK.
In Australia Tennant is receiving 4 Star reviews from Triple J, rotation on 2sfer-fm, and was added to Amazons best new music, Spotify Triple J play-listing, and Spotify Double J play- listing. Cherry Cola and Bring It All Back have been featured across New York, Germany, France and London and also named a Semi-Finalist in the International Songwriting Competition out of more than 19,000 entries.
The tracks, produced by Konstantin Kersting, (Tones and I, Mallrat, The Jungle Giants, Tia Gostelow), epitomises Leanne’s leap in a new direction – one she calls exhilarating – and reveals her best work yet. While staying true to her alternative tones, Tennant has diversified to reveal a bold, new and intoxicating evolution of her style.
"Cherry Cola was the first track written for the album, before I even knew I was making another album,” Leanne explains. ”It is about loving someone yet missing them and feeling lonely all at the same time.
“It felt so good to write again, that once I started I couldn’t stop. I’ve spent the past two years experimenting with new styles of writing and letting go of expectations to remain within a certain genre. I didn’t want to deliberately sculpt my sound to ‘fit in’. After all, I feel music is at its best when it’s free and loose, and coming from a natural creative space. I stopped thinking about what I ‘should’ be writing, and just wrote what felt good for me.”
“I wanted to record an album where there were no ‘fillers’ and I genuinely loved each song. Because of this commitment to myself, the whole process has taken a little longer than expected while I weeded out the tracks that weren’t resonating with me anymore. I’m really proud of the new songs and am excited to be trying something new.”
Bring It All Back, and Cherry Cola are out now.
WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT LEANNE TENNANT:
“Bring It All back is a display of astute, mature pop music, delivered with grace and emotion.” - CLASH MAGAZINE, London
“Listening to Bring It All Back, is a testament to how piercingly clear Tennant’s songwriting intent is. The vocals flow forth from the mix with all the clarity and warmth of a sunbeam after a rainstorm.” - ATWOOD MAGAZINE, USA
“The track has that energy of simmering anger mixed with the sweet sound of forgiveness and that’s not an easy blend to pull off in a song.” - LISTEN WITH MONGER, London
4**** The simple guitar picking at the start draws you straight in. The atmosphere Tennant has created through the song - with the stomping rhythm and the layers of voices - brings out such an ominous mood.” - RICHARD KINGSMILL - TRIPLE J
4**** This could be weird to read but I really love the way your voice wraps around vowels. The production is deluxe too, simmering reverb that gives the song a sun dapped quality and works with the build. Beautiful stuff.” - ZAN ROWE - DOUBLE J
4**** Nicely done from Leanne Tennant on this new track. I can confirm that it burrows deep beneath the skin after just a couple of listens.” - DAVE RUBY HOWE - TRIPLE J UNEARTHED
4**** “I love the layering in this. It’s unpredictable able without being jarring, and draws you in from the get-go.” LUCY SMITH - TRIPLE J
“If you thought Leanne Tennant was still a country artist, you haven't been paying attention. 'Bring It All Back' sees her even more wholly venture into synthpop territory than ever before, her natural vocal and the occasional guitar flourish the only reminder of her (still excellent) past musical life. It'll be interesting to hear where she goes from here. We'll be listening.” - DAN CONDON - DOUBLE J
"A bit MØ, a little bit of BANKS, and the musical answer to what would have been if Lana Del Rey had been a bit happier”. TONSPION, - GERMANY
"A beautiful voice that rocks you through effective melodies, a production and a perfect realization, a song of simply great quality. Like us, you will not hesitate to take a closer look at Leanne Tennant's musical catalog and we can tell you that you will not be disappointed." IGGY MAGAZINE, - FRANCE
"Right from the haunting acapella intro, Leanne Tennant's commandingly haunting vocals latch on. "Gentle Annie" — the first track lifted from her forthcoming second album, Red Wine, Late Nights — teasingly edges towards complete collapse or euphoric explosion (dependent on your own perspective), as Tennant slowly succumbs to the soulful darkness of her late-night world." - ROLLING STONE
"Hearing her, without having seen her live, you can imagine she's standing there like Big Mama Thornton, with a guitar pointed at you and a no-nonsense attitude." - THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Featured in Museum of Brisbane 'High Rotation' exhibition - 2019
Featured in Clash Magazine, London - 2019
Featured in Pop Dust, New York - 2019
Featured in Made in Shoreditch, London - 2019
Featured in Broadway World, New York - 2019
Producers pick, BBC Radio - 2019
Picked up by Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 - 2019
AMRAP Metro Charts top 10 - 2019
RAGE 'Wild One' + RAGE addition- 2019
Rotation Double J - 2019
Spot Rotation Triple J Unearthed - 2019
4*** Reviews Triple J - 2019
Playlisted 'Best new music' Amazon Music - 2019
Playlisted 'Best new arrivals' Double J, Spotify - 2019
Playlisted 'Roots n All' Triple J, Spotify - 2019
Rotation on KCR Radio, California
Rotation on Stag Radio, UK
Rotation on Celtic Music Radio, Scotland
Rotation on Artefaktor, Mexico
Playlisted Radio KC, France
Winner of Carol Lloyd Award - $15'000 - 2018
Winner of Qld Music Award - Blues & Roots for track GENTLE ANNIE - 2017
Triple Z - Hot 100 (2017)
Mentorship w/ Kram - Spiderbait - 2017
Nominated for the Grant McLennan FellowshipNominated for 3 x Qld Music Awards
Rolling Stone Premiere - 2016
Sydney Morning Herald, The Courier Mail reviews - 2016
Billy Thorpe Scholarship Nomination - 2016
Triple Z - Hot 100 - 2016 & 2017
Invited to showcase BIGSOUND, Red Deer Festival, Sydney Blues & Roots - 2016
Support on the Cold Chisel tour - 2015
Support on the Ash Grunwald tour - 2015
Invited to showcase at JB Arts Festival, Malaysia - 2015
Qld Music Award - 2015
Support Colin Hay "Men At Work" - 2012