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Leatherette will release their second album 'Small Talk' on 3rd November via Bronson Recordings. Today, they have shared new single 'The Ugliest'. Sitting somewhere in between no-wave and new-wave, the song opens with a rocky, sharp guitar riff which nervously drives the tune towards the somewhat romantic chorus, where the sax starts playing melodically over a symphony of wet jazz chords.
'The Ugliest' comes after previous singles 'Fade Away', the closest in their songbook to a ballad and 'Ronaldo', a song that explodes in jazz and shoegaze elements.
Following their incendiary 2022 debut album 'Fiesta', Bologna’s Leatherette are ready to deliver an even more provocative and sophisticated record with the follow-up, 'Small Talk'. Emboldened by the acclaim won by 'Fiesta', 'Small Talk' finds Leatherette breaking free of the post-punk straitjacket some were keen to strap them in, indulging their love of wild noise and twisted pop.
Leatherette's second album is clearly the work of a group ready to take flight in a new direction and it transcends all they have done before. It coins a voice uniquely their own, driven by the same furies that propelled 'Fiesta', but finding fresh new forms for expression. It boasts some of their most unabashed pop songs to date – albeit pop that's deftly twisted, pointedly perverse and ready to explode when you least expect it. It also contains some of the group's most challenging and uncompromising noise yet, the violent swinging back-and-forth between ugly din and nagging tunefulness a (molotov) cocktail that grows only more addictive with each listen. A smart, bold and focused thrill ride that sounds like nothing else out there.