LEELAND, which comprises of lead singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Leeland Mooring alongside guitarist and co-writer Casey Moore, are back with their brand new single "Heart & Flesh." The song is also the debut single from their forthdoming new album City of God.
"Heart & Flesh," inspired by Psalm 84, features a haunting melody led by LEELAND and TAYA. This is the first feature from TAYA outside of Hillsong and her own self-titled successful debut album. The new song was written by Leeland Mooring, Taya Gaukrodger, and Casey Moore and it exists to remind the People of God that He is in the middle of the chaos and upheaval in our lives. "Heart & Flesh" resonates in the tension, that though we cannot always change our circumstances, we can focus on the One who can.
With this song, LEELAND inspire us to consider God's desire to abide with his people and meditate on his endless love which in turn kindles a longing for his presence in our lives. The song was born right at the end of a song writing day when TAYA brought up an idea Mooring sang earlier that day. "We immediately unpacked the guitars again, put our backpacks down and began to worship... this song sort of wrote itself," he comments, as TAYA notes the simplicity and holiness of that moment.
"Heart & Flesh" initially evolves on a minor melody which shifts into a spacious and compelling soundscape saturated with delicate harmonies. Interpreting the song with honesty and simultaneously daring to prophetically veer off its frame, LEELAND and TAYA capture the range of emotions contained in the new single.
"I hope this song serves the people of God as a reminder that it is in our DNA to seek out and respond to God; He can truly fulfil any desire, longing and searching for He is the All Sufficient One," the Australian singer adds. The song carries the conceptual and musical core of LEELAND's forthcoming album, introducing listeners to the fresh space in which the band have been living and creating for the past two years.
"We pray that as people sing, the Spirit of God writes a letter to the Lord on their hearts saying, 'My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God,'" LEELAND conclude. LEELAND's new album City of God will be released in early 2023.