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Stray Dogs by Leon O’Leary featuring Sylvia Daley

An ambient tale eloquently spelled out in verse and propelled dynamically in song. Leon O’Leary conjures his nearest Damien Rice impression and showcases his fluid vocal in Stray Dogs, a telling of the hardships of the working class. This melodic, singer-songwriter’s style is playfully fused with his unique approach to storytelling that so eloquently defines his music.

I love the ambiance and cinematic delivery in the song; the frolicking guitar lead is a playful reminder of the passion that comes through in his subdued, folky lyrics. The gift of Sylvia Daley’s vocal to the track is perfectly timed, and a nice accompaniment to Leon’s full vocal sound.

This Suffolk singer-songwriter has been sharing tunes with us for some time now. Featured on BBC Introducing Suffolk, and noted for his live performance, Leon is definitely worth keeping a pulse on.