The Secrets You Hide

Bonds of Uncertainty

Swedish folk-pop band Leading Edge is releasing its second single of 2022 this spring. “The Secrets You Hide” depicts the uncertainties in a deep connection to someone, with a sound characterized by radiant guitar harmonies and folk-inspired violin melodies. 

“The song is about feeling a strong bond to a person in your life,” songwriter and co-lead vocalist Anna Johannisson explains. “Feeling that you’re there for each other. At the same time, there’s uncertainty about the relationship and whether you want it to be that way.”

The song was recorded in the summer of 2021 at producer Alexander Asp’s studio in Gothenburg. The band has maintained a consistent folk-pop sound since the start of their collaboration with the producer in 2020. 

“We have worked with vocal harmonies a lot,” Johannisson tells us. “The difference is that Lewis (guitarist/lead singer) and I now sing together more often than we used to.”

Leading Edge originated as a group of university students in the southern city of Lund. Founded in 2012 by Anna Johannisson, the band is now led by her and Lewis Belcher. 

They released their first EP in 2016 and got signed to Rexius Records in 2019. The single “Radio Shadow” and subsequent album “Northern Lights” were released under the label in 2020.  

The band returned in 2022 with “Sin City”, with an accompanying music video recorded in the streets of Malmö. The video was premiered on Swedish music magazine HYMN. 

“The Secrets You Hide” will be available on May 13th, 2022. 

Designer of artwork: Grigory Kornienko

Photographer: Albin Wilson

Leading Edge

Swedish folk pop ensemble Leading Edge is an ear-friendly combination of organic instrumental melodies and Nordic pop production. A group of musicians with diverse influences, drawing inspiration from bands like The Tallest Man on Earth and The Paper Kites. Their lyrics embody individual universes inspired by everything from neo-noir films to everyday thoughts.

Founded in 2012 by singer/songwriter Anna Johannison, Leading Edge originated as a group of university students in Lund (southern Sweden). The town is known for its rich student life, and its intellectual and open-minded spirit has influenced the band’s aesthetics. The band is currently based in Malmö, where it is led by Anna herself and guitarist/songwriter Lewis Belcher.

The sound of Leading Edge has evolved from pop-rock influenced by Coldplay to a rather acoustic tone shaped in collaboration with Gothenburg-based producer Alexander Asp. Their mellow vocal harmonies are supported by the catchy melodies of the piano, folk violin, and electric guitar.

The band released their first EP in 2016 and got signed to Rexius Records in 2019. The single “Radio Shadow” and subsequent album “Northern Lights” were released under the label in 2020.

Leading Edge is currently preparing for the release of “Sin City”, a folk pop single with a darker sound and neo-noir influences. It will be released along with a music video on February 11th, 2022.