Emerging artist Leon III has offered another debut of their sophomore record, Antlers In Velvet, with “Skeletal Pines”. The new single premiered last Thursday via The Vinyl District, who shared with it a brief essay from frontman Andy Stepanian—who alongside partner Mason Brent form the core of Leon III—on the importance of vinyl. Antlers In Velvet is out on March 5th.
In “Skeletal Pines”, the fourth single off Antlers In Velvet (fifth if you count the remix of “This Whisper Is Ours” by Lee “Scratch” Perry), Leon III slows things down a bit to an eerie crawl. Like a morning fog rolling in over a dew-soaked hill, Stepanian’s vocals move through the track like a mist. While the vocals provide a bit of serenity, Stepanian explains that the lyrics paint a slightly darker picture.
“It’s a story about a ghost revisiting his living wife and not liking that she has a new companion,” Stepanian told The Vinyl District. “It turned out quite beautiful thanks to Kai Welch’s (Kacey Musgraves) piano and Dana Colley’s (Morphine) baritone saxophone. Bobby Bare, Jr. once told me that Mark Nevers (who produced the album) does his best work on the quietest songs. I think it shows here.”
Stepanian also explored his longstanding relationship with vinyl and the lasting nature of physical music in The Vinyl District.
I am lucky enough to have a father who was really into music—mostly country, but he also loved opera like Mario Lanza and Pavarotti.