Introducing: Lei Hope

An aspiring black indie, R&B artist with a big future...

Amy Mescus
4th March 2024
Image credit: Instagram @lei.hope
Here’s the rundown on your playlist’s newest addition, Lei Hope. 

Based in Manchester, a city with rich music history, Lei Hope is a completely self-produced artist who takes his inspiration from many great musicians of the past and present. If you enjoy acts such as Steve Lacy, Phoebe Bridgers, Japanese Breakfast, and more, keep reading.

Hope released his first EP, Autonomous Affection, back in 2021. Consisting of four tracks, each one just as creative as the next, Hope discusses relatable topics such as love, heartbreak, and finding yourself. With heartfelt instrumentals and clear passion rooted in every single song, the listener easily develops a sentimental connection with the soulful sounding melodies. My personal favourite from this project is drivemecrazy with its magnificent jazz-style chords, layered with funky bass riffs, not forgetting Hope’s alluring vocals.

With heartfelt instrumentals and clear passion rooted in every single song, the listener easily develops a sentimental connection with the soulful sounding melodies.

In 2022 came a sad song, Hope’s first single release. No words can better describe this song than simply beautiful. The acoustic guitar paired with the elegancy of the violin runs produce an authentic, nostalgic sound, which takes such an artistic approach towards indie alternative music of implementing classical instruments to bring the song together. If you need a song to help you through your most recent breakup, here it is. Let the wise lyrics of this track help you learn to love yourself. Just listen and you’ll understand.

The acoustic guitar paired with the elegancy of the violin runs produce an authentic, nostalgic sound

Hope’s most recent release arrived just this year in January, titled Boyfriend. Returning with the unique-sounding bass, soft vocals, and groovy guitar riffs, I am pleasantly reminded of the band Mild High Club. The lyrics are graceful and romantic as Hope sings about expressing your love to the one you admire and appreciate, asking them if he can be their boyfriend. I believe this single is a great telling of the future of Lei Hope’s career, and only music of the highest standard will continue down the line.

Lei Hope currently has around 4,500 monthly Spotify listeners, so if you love discovering underrated artists and watching them flourish into charming acts with a growing fanbase, I recommend you start listening now! After having the pleasure of meeting Hope in Manchester in 2022, I can proudly say he is an incredibly genuine person and musician, who deserves all the love in 2024. We will excitedly anticipate what the coming years will bring him.

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