Leo Sawikin isn’t afraid of being in touch with his emotions. For the self-styled Renaissance man and former lead singer of NYC indie band The Chordaes, it’s the tough stuff of life – heartbreak, vulnerability, uncertainty – that inspires him, and helped shape his first solo album, Row Me Away.
‘The album reflects this feeling that you’ve missed out on the best the world has to offer,’ says Leo. So far, so deep. ‘Just the pervading sense that things are getting more difficult in the world – and every attending emotion that goes along with it.’
See what we mean? But it’s this gritty realism that stands him apart, buoyed of course by nifty song writing and a voice that hits all the right spots. And ‘Row Me Away’ is the latest – eponymous – drop from this debut album of dreamlike melancholy. We’re totally on board.