Shards Of Leo

FRESH: ‘Cry Devour’ – Shards Of Leo

Shards Of Leo returns with “Cry Devour”

Chill-Pop, Synth-Electro

We met Louis Forsyth (Shards Of Leo) last year with his second single, “Just A Little Bit“, now Leo releases the follow up, “Cry Devour”.

The new track is more synth based chill pop with lots of atmosphere to it and synth-heavy vocals as Leo experiments further and deeper into synth electronica.

“Cry Devour” was entirely written, recorded, produced, mixed and mastered in Leo’s university bedroom using the most repeated line in the song is “As the echoes cry devour”. Leo decided to have this line sung entirely by echoed voices, and as the song went on (describing 2 different scenes of destruction), the echoes can be heardgetting stronger and stronger until the end of the song as they eventually “Devour” the song itself.

We spoke to Leo recently about the song, and this is what he had to say: “This song was actually written as an assessment for my university degree. We were told to write something outside our comfort zone, which pushed us as songwriters. After several weeks of not having a clue what I was doing, I finally came up with the kit and piano parts, and built the song up from there (with an INSANE number of vocal tracks)”.

“The song is mainly about the beauty of destruction. It describes horrific scenes of a burning city, and another city being swallowed by rising water, but trying to find the beauty in those scenes – talking about the beauty of the light coming from the flames, and the graceful movement of the water. I don’t think there is a central message coming from the song, as I prefer to write with ambiguity woven into everything, allowing any listener to take the song as their own, and give it whatever meaning might make most sense to them”.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!