I have been following Spirits of Leo for over a year now and recognize them every time I come across one of their songs in our Alternative & Shoegaze Essentials playlist. After discovering this album with two songs, Asylum and Gossamer, I decided to cover the full album.
First of all, I have to admit that the music stands out with its unique concept, which makes so much difference in the end. You simply enjoy “the Spirits of Leo vibe” and want to hear more of it, and that’s what the Gossamer Blue album is all about.
The musical foundation of Spirits of Leo is reminiscent of the legendary band, The Cure, with their bright and chorusy tones, accompanied by a heavy shoegaze sound character, easy-listening form, and theatrical blend of alternative rock inspirations. With all the familiarity with some retro bands from the 80s and the 90s, I think they show real potential with the recognizability value of their creation.
Lastly, I enjoyed the entire album without question. It played on repeat while I was doing my daily creative work for a few days now, and as I said earlier, you enjoy this vibe and simply want to consume more of it. The band has convinced me of their musical input, which has its own alternative rock language, the vision in their concept work, and the hallucinating energy in their music. It sets the mood for me when driving alone somewhere here in Switzerland.