Swedish folk-pop ensemble Leading Edge combines the love for catchy melodies and stylish production of Nordic pop with indie folk’s organic instrumental qualities and lyricism. The seven-part band displays a palette of influences ranging from Coldplay to The Paper Kites, with a sophisticated front woman that may evoke associations to Florence Welch.
Formed in 2012 by singer and songwriter Anna Johannisson, Leading Edge originated as a group of university students in the southern city of Lund. The band’s overall aesthetics carry a subtle influence from the town’s intellectual and open-minded student life.
The band’s sound has evolved from pop rock influenced by Coldplay to a rather acoustic tone. Their creativity continues to venture into new territories, but they don’t abandon pop influences, especially when it comes to their neo mellow three-part harmonies or the earworm hooks of the piano, violin and guitar.
Leading Edge got signed to Rexius Records in 2019 and released the single “Radio Shadow” earlier this year. It has been featured by curators the likes of Slay Sonics and streamed widely in Scandinavia. The band performed their release concert with Malmö's Indie Choir, an ensemble known for its arrangements of popular pop songs.
Leading Edge are currently preparing for the release of “Northern Lights”. The album will be released on April 17th.