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It's like curling up in a sleeping bag full of kittens.

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Lyrics

SAILING

Feels like a good day

to get out in the cold

take a chance on the weather

the sun may make a cameo

and it's a risky life

are we running out of time

but we won't be denied

a chance at the good life

and to our surprise we're sailing

the high seas in the middle of the ocean

spinny and me

we're sailing the wildest mystery

and to our surprise we're happy and free

on the crest of a wave is where i wanna be

we're sailing

maybe it's today

maybe it's tomorrow

but we have to make a play

or the chance will fade away

and though the wind is high

it'll never be a breeze

but we'll fight for the ocean

we'll fight for dreams

and to our surprise we're sailing

the high seas in the middle of the ocean

spinny and me

we're sailing the wildest mystery

and to our surprise, we're happy and free

on the crest of a wave is where i wanna be

we're sailing the wildest mystery

and to our surprise we're sailing

the high seas in the middle of the ocean

spinny and me

we're sailing the wildest mystery

and to our surprise we're happy and free

on the crest of a wave is where i wanna be

we're sailing

DOUBLE DIGIT LOVE

Superhero, supervillain

when you gonna settle in

it's a set up and we love it

and the carrot is dangling

the hooks are hooking

the bait is our desire

we are moths to the fire

and they got you where they want you

will you give it give it give it to 'em

yeah they got you where they want you

it's a childish delusion

you can't hide it

double digit love

you know you want it

double digit love

do you like it

double digit love

and can you get it

double digit love

it is a limited edition emergency

will you be ready when it's ready for you

the double digit love is all you wanna do

dream lover turning into real life

and we won't put up a fight

double digit love

who's gonna win the double digit love!

double digit love

who's gonna win the double digit love!

and they got you where they want you

will you give it give it give it to 'em

yeah they got you where they want you

it's a childish delusion

you can't hide it

double digit love

you know you want it

double digit love

do you like it

double digit love

and can you get it

double digit love

double digit love

who's gonna win the double digit love

double digit love

who's gonna win the double digit love

double digit love

who's gonna win the double digit love

double digit love

who's gonna win the double digit love

double digit love

Leisure Cruise is Dave Hodge and Leah Siegel

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Every dark cloud has a silver lining. On November 1, 2012, Lower Manhattan was powerless. Red Hook was submerged. And Williamsburg—though spared most of the trauma of Hurricane Sandy—was shaken nonetheless. Felled trees and utility poles littered the sidewalks; normally harried Brooklynites, unable to get to work or anywhere else, wandered Bedford Avenue in a daze.

Dave Hodge—the veteran Canada-born musician (Broken Social Scene & Bran Van 3000..who has also performed with Macy Gray, Feist, Brazilian Girls, and Basement Jaxx), arranger (Janet Jackson/Neptunes, Carly Simon), and composer was sitting in a café that day when he saw an acquaintance walk by: singer and songwriter Leah Siegel (a fixture on the New York scene known for her solo project Firehorse and for singing with The Citizens Band). The two had met while recording for a tv spot a few years prior, and hadn’t seen each other since. Before the storm, Hodge had been writing songs and score for the soundtrack to the indie film Two Hands to Mouth; pleased with the results, he hoped to create a new musical project based on a few of the pieces. Something that day—maybe it was a post-Sandy you-only-live-once feeling—prompted him to run out and say hello, and ask Siegel if she’d maybe want to try writing some music together sometime.

Scheduling conflicts prevented that from happening before March 2013, but when it happened, it happened. After just two months of writing, recording, and mixing, Hodge and Siegel have a band—Leisure Cruise—and their self titled debut album of darkly hypnotic, danceable synth-based anthems.

The name is somewhat ironic. Right before Hodge and Siegel began working together, news broke that astronomers had discovered three new planets in the Lyra constellation that appeared capable of supporting life. In light of the previous fall’s events, Hodge and Siegel got to talking: What if we had to leave earth and colonize a new planet? They imagined “a final leisure cruise for the human race,”—and the fledgling musical project as a sort of soundtrack for it. “We’re sort of living our lives in a state of leisure,” Dave says, “with regards to using up resources and knowing what’s happening and not really doing much about it.” Not that Leisure Cruise is all doom and gloom (or that it could be, with a name like that). “It’s not this apocalyptic thing,” says Siegel, of the concept. “We’d elect to make a purposeful and exciting exit. Try something new. In my head, I see it as a natural progression in the hopefully delayed inevitable.”

So what would play on this spaceship’s sound system? Something sounding like the future as imagined in the past—yet rooted in the now. Imagine the music of a John Hughes film if it had been written by Bowie, remixed by Johnny Jewel, and fronted by a female Prince, and you’ll start to get the idea. Rounding out the sound is an impressive roster of guests (Metric’s Jimmy Shaw, Blondie’s Tommy Kessler, Liam O’Neil from the Stills, Justin Peroff of Broken Social Scene, and Drake’s Adrian Eccleston). It’s at once dark and light, serious and fun, melancholic and euphoric. Ask Hodge and Siegel about their sound and process, and the answer sounds a lot like what happiness researchers call flow. “We weren’t trying to emulate anything,” Hodge says. “We were just making music.”

In fact, Hodge and Siegel see Leisure Cruise as the product of two musical soul mates meeting at just the right moment in their careers to truly savor it. “I’ve worked with some great singers, but it’s really very effortless with Leah,” says Hodge. Chimes in Siegel: “This is just the truest collaboration I’ve ever experienced—it’s a rare pairing.”

Album Out In 2014

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