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Recorded at North London's Konk Studios—run by Kinks frontman Ray Davies, who's been a longtime fan of The Leisure Society—Alone Aboard the Ark is the sound of a group in transition. (And one that has the fortune to be recorded on analog two-inch tape and a '70s mixing desk.) The band's at its best when it's subdued; there isn't a song as deserving of its somber spirit as the Sylvia Plath suicide–inspired "The Sober Scent of Paper." There, the whimsy of the group's London Olympics silliness on "Fight for Everyone" is quickly forgotten. Singer/songwriter Nick Hemming surely has the talents to capture this vintage vibe, and songs like "Another Sunday Psalm," "A Softer Voice Takes Longer Hearing," and the slowly blooming "We Go Together" all illustrate a British writer never shy about where he dreams of being and of where he belongs.

Customer Reviews


I find this album so relax, lay back. Its isn’t the greatest album of folk music out there, yet it has charm, with sweeting medleys to it. which I fall for over and over again.

Yes to the Leisure Society

Just found this today. It’s a true gem. These guys know what they’re doing.


Formed: 2006 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Nick Hemming's folk-inflected pop act the Leisure Society kicked into life in 2005 after he moved into the same South London apartment as fellow Burton-Upon-Trent, England-born musician Christian Hardy. A guitarist since the age of 17, Hemming had already created scores for his friend Shane Meadows' acclaimed 1999 film A Room for Romeo Brass, as well as 2002's gripping and violent Dead Man's Shoes. On the soundtrack to the latter film — under the Leisure Society moniker — Hemming's music...
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