The LEAF LIBRARY – ” City In Reverse / Kendrick Road “

Posted: September 22, 2017 in MUSIC
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In recent times London drone-pop heroes, The Leaf Library, have been busy doing all the things bands aren’t really meant to be able to do anymore. Following the 2015 release of their acclaimed debut album, Daylight Versions, they set out on a series of commercially unlikely projects, including a drone companion piece, Nightlight Versions, a remix album, Versions, and a single track 77 minute album for WIAIWYA’s 21st birthday.

After a year of remixes, drones and instrumental releases The Leaf Library return to their unhurried, melancholy best with City In Reverse / Kendrick Road Its a double A side 7” single / six track digital EP.

City In Reverse is a softly propulsive ode to abstract city encounters, with gently soaring drones, ebowed guitars, and backing vocals from The Left Outsides’ Mark Nicholas.

Kendrick Road is a gorgeous chamber pop shuffle, with lilting strings (by The Left Outsides’ Alison Cotton and Hurtling’s Jon Clayton), and heavy-hearted piano weaving their way through spare, persistent percussion.

The vinyl only has the first two tracks from the EP on it, however every 7″ comes with a full download of all six tracks. The additional tracks include three remixes of songs from Daylight Versions by All Golden (Pete Gofton), Wintergreen (bass player Gareth Jones’s other outfit), and house producer Colors In Waves (John Shearer), plus a Colors In Waves re-edit.

releases October 27th, 2017
The Band
Matt Ashton – guitar, bass, percussion
Kate Gibson – vocals, piano
Gareth Jones – bass, percussion
Simon Nelson – acoustic and electric guitar, Casiotone
Lewis Young – drums, percussion, OP1

The first taster of their upcoming second album, City In Reverse/Kendrick Road is the band’s new double A-side single, and it’s due out next month on  Wiaiwya Records.

City In Reverse, described by the band as, “an ode to abstract city encounters”is in many ways classic Leaf Library drone-pop. Building from a prominent rumble of bass, the tracks shifts into warm synth-drones, e-bowed guitars and entwined vocals; the male voice provided by The Left Outsides’ Mark Nicholas. The track floats by in five minutes of perfectly paced and beautifully instrumented, hazy melancholy: a perfect soundtrack for the closing in Autumn evenings.

Kendrick Road is an altogether more wistful piece, a song about losing people, and equally the places they used to inhabit. Musically, it’s something of a departure for the band, a shuffling piece of chamber-pop, it’s less dense and droning than we’re used to. Kate Gibson’s crisp vocals are to the fore, accompanied by prominent hand-clap beats, rolling flourishes of toms and waves of melodious strings.

A hugely welcome return, these tracks suggest The Leaf Library remain masters of unrushed melancholy; if it’s all going to sound this good then roll on 2018, it could just be The Leaf Library’s year.

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