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The Leisure Society announce double album with lead single "God Has Taken A Vacation"

30 January 2019, 14:00 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

The Leisure Society have announced their fifth LP Arrivals & Departures alongside their relaxing lead single "God Has Taken A Vacation".

"God Has Taken A Vacation" is instrumentally pleasant, contradicted by the sorrowful lyrics penned by frontman Nick Hemming following his break up with flautist Helen Whitaker. He explains, "I started writing the song about my break up, but world events started finding their way in too. Division, borders, a loss of hope. There were a lot of shared themes!"

The Leisure Society's new single is the first taster of their 16-track fifth album Arrivals & Departures, their first since 2015's The Fine Art Of Hanging On.

Arrivals & Departures was recorded between the Peak District, the Cotswolds, and a medieval mansion in Richelieu, France. The string instrumentals and choral pieces were captured during a sneaky late-night visit to London's Union Chapel in Islington.

The record features contributions from Brian Eno and poet Liz Berry. It was mixed by Gareth Jones (Grizzly Bear, Nick Cave, These New Puritans) and Paul Gregory (Lanterns On The Lake).


  1. Arrivals & Departures
  2. A Bird A Bee Humanity
  3. God Has Taken A Vacation
  4. I’ll Pay For It Now
  5. Overheard
  6. Let Me Bring You Down
  7. Be You Wherever
  8. Arundel Tomb
  9. Don’t Want To Do It Again
  10. Mistakes On The Field (Part I)
  11. Mistakes On The Field (Part II)
  12. Leave Me To Sleep
  13. Beat Of A Drum
  14. There Are No Rules Around Here
  15. You’ve Got The Universe
  16. Ways To Be Saved
"God Has Taken A Vacation" is out now. Arrivals & Departures lands 12 April. The Leisure Society return to London's Union Chapel for a proper gig on 25 May. Find out more.
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