NEIL LEYTON Unveils “These Seeds”, A Raw And Emotive Reflection On A World At War  


Neil Leyton (Lisbon/Toronto) Unveils “These Seeds”, A Raw and Emotive Reflection on a World at War  

The New Single Released January 19th, 2024

Neil Leyton has just announced the release of his newest single “These Seeds” out January 19th on European Phonographic Records.

Neil Leyton album cover

The new single follows Leyton’s tradition of crafting sing-along pop anthems with garage-rock-grit. Following the release of the “Michael Maker” and “Singerman” singles recorded at Canoa Studios in Portugal, Portuguese-Canadian rock n roll singer-songwriter Neil Leyton brings us “These Seeds”: a reflection on the geopolitical landscape of the world we’re living in today.

Leyton explains the timing of his new single: “Now is the time to release this song – with all proceeds going to Music Export Ukraine. Regardless of other tragedies unfolding, the world must not forget that Ukraine is fighting for its country, for Europe and for democracy – which is being threatened once again everywhere, in Ukraine, in Europe with the rise of the extreme-right wing fascist, xenophobic and neo-nazi groups which I never thought could be the case in the 21st century.”

Recorded at Canoa Studios in Portugal, the song features Leyton on acoustic guitar and vocals, João Sousa from Lusitanian Ghosts on drums, and Nelson Canoa on piano, keyboards and bass as well as being the recording engineer and co-producer of the song.

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Leyton continues, “I wrote and recorded ‘Seeds’ back in 2022, shocked and appalled that this sort of thing could happen again in the 21st century. The lyrics were inspired by the words of a courageous Ukrainian lady in Kherson, who walked up to a Russian soldier and asked vehemently, “Who are you? What are you doing here?” before denouncing the invasion or her land and admonishing the Russian soldier with the line “Take these seeds and put them in your pockets, so at least sunflowers will grow when you all lie down here.”

Although written and recorded in 2022, Leyton chose not to release the single.

“There was too much noise already at the time – my humble musical statement wasn’t needed, so I sat on it. Some of the same lyrics ended up being recorded on another song called ‘Seeds’ which ended up on the Lusitanian Ghosts III album that we released back in September ’23; however the musical composition of that song is Micke Ghost’s and it has a different melody and verses; ‘These Seeds’ is my original composition and lyrics from back in 2022 – and the time is now to release it, to remind the world that the war is still raging on and that Ukraine needs our support, now more than ever.”

All proceeds from “These Seeds” will be paid from the European Phonographic label to Music Export Ukraine in support of Ukrainian artists and musicians.

Check Out The Full Neil Leyton Discography  

Neil Leyton
Photo Credit: Katja Ruge

Born in Lisbon and raised in Toronto, Leyton was a founding member and songwriter in Canadian art-glam indie project The Conscience Pilate. He founded the Fading Ways record label and released three critically acclaimed solo albums, Down Secret Avenue with the Last Lovers, From the Brighter Side of Her Midnight Sun and The Betrayal of the Self.

He has played guitar as well as bass for other musical projects live and in the studio, including Canadian rockers Crash Kelly (fellow Canadian musician Sean Kelly’s band) and Barry Walsh’s Canadian power pop outfit Galore. He participated in a side-project with Ky Anto, titled Pretty Volume, and recorded an EP with fellow Canadian guitarist Rich Jones and The Wildhearts’ frontman Ginger in the UK.

The Hellacopters’s Nicke Andersson and Backyard Babies’s guitarist Dregen were guests on Leyton’s The Betrayal of the Self album and Leyton in turn participated in a side project with Andersson called The Point. Leyton also co-wrote and sang on Andersson’s debut solo album Imperial State Electric as well as performing live with them  in Spain and Sweden. Leyton is now fronting a new artist collective, Lusitanian Ghosts, together with Micke Ghost from Sweden.

This new single is the continuation of a new era of Neil Leyton solo releases that will be coming out in 2024. Fans of gritty and glammy Scandinavian rock will be thrilled by the new music Leyton is creating and releasing in the coming months. 

RIYL: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, The Waterboys, Art Bergmann, Mick Harvey
Genre Tags: Rock n Roll, Singer-Songwriter, Protest Songs

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