Swedish Brother Leo releases “Strangers On An Island”

By on August 4, 2018

After four years of silence, Ola is back, with new name, new collaborations and new music. At, July 27, he released the first single “Strangers On An Island” under the artist name Brother Leo. “The name comes from a recurring dream I had when I grew up. In the dream I had a twin brother called Leo who was free, unhappy and had super powers. Just like I want to relate to the music.” The song is released via Columbia Records in London and is a playful criticism of the present and the will to fly it.

“Strangers On An Island” was produced by the British dance music legend Fatboy Slim. About the collaboration tells Brother Leo: “Demon to the song reached Fatboy Slim who asked if he could produce it. I’ve been a fan for a long time, so it feels quite big to make music with him.” Last time Fatboy Slim produced someone other than himself, was for Blur in 2011.

After participating in Idol 2005, Ola had great success with single-number ones, four albums, Grammis and Rockbjörn nominations, intense tour both in and outside Sweden and after releasing two of the albums on Oliniho Records’s own record company, it became silent. “I had run out of my mind and needed to stop and reflect, it was a time when I was unsure if I would even continue with the music,” he said. The break eventually gave new energy and inspiration began to come back gradually. He began to write again, but now only to other artists. He thought.

A few songs he kept for himself, he eventually played for the friend, including A & R, Julius Petersson who, without telling, sent out the songs to some selected key people in the music industry around the world. The response was overwhelming and led to tenders from several of the major record companies on both sides of the Atlantic.

“The only thing I knew was that if I would do this again, I needed to create something that felt completely new to me. A place where I could feel free to discover, experiment and explore new pages of myself. As Brother Leo I challenges myself, both as an artist and songwriter, in a way I could not, or be ready for the past. In a way, I can be even more myself.”

The new record contract in England has caused Brother Leo to spend a majority of his time in London to work on his upcoming album. More exciting collaborations and grand pop songs await.

Watch the video of “Strangers On An Island” directed by Mary Clerté :

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music