The Leaf Library Reveal “Tilting” From New Album ‘Daylight Versions’ + Announce Live Dates‏

September 4, 2015


The Leaf Library

Reveal New Single “Tilting”
Taken From Debut Album Daylight Versions
Due Out on 30 October via wiaiwya

Live dates:
25 October – The Betsey Trotwood, London – free afternoon acoustic show
22 November – The Lexington, London – ALBUM LAUNCH Headline show
The Leaf Library proudly reveal the new single “Tilting” from their forthcoming debut album Daylight Versions (due out on 30 October on wiaiwya). “Tilting” is a song about spring, the days getting longer and warmer, and spending the morning commute daydreaming about the sea. The song is also an attempt at writing something positive and uplifting about absent friends and late relatives, captured in the chorus of “all the dead!” (with vocals provided by guitarist Matt Ashton’s former band mates from Singing AdamsSteven James Adams, Melinda Bronstein and Michael Wood). The trumpet is played by James Prideaux and the slide guitar is courtesy of Mark Phillips from The Hanging Stars.
Daylight Versions is the debut full-length album from London quintet The Leaf Library, due out on 30 October via wiaiwya. The record is full of wonderfully woozy, drone-pop tunes about meteorology, the seasons and the incoming sea; from songs about the ghostly Suffolk coastline to the slowly rising waters of London marshes, these ten tracks channel the warm fuzz of Yo La Tengo, the spacious repetition of Talk Talk and Movietone’s seaside melancholy to beautiful effect.
The Leaf Library started out in Reading after Matt’s previous band (John Peel favourites) Saloon split in 2004. He started writing and recording with vocalist Kate Gibson and after moving to London, they were joined by bassist Gareth Jones (from Wintergreen) and guitarist Ben Smith, Matt’s housemate at the time. After a couple of temporary drummers, Lewis Young settled in for good, bringing with him an eclectic collection of synths and gadgets. Matt also played with Steven James Adams in Singing Adams, who released two albums – ‘Everybody Friends Now’ (2011) and ‘Moves’ (2012).
They released their first single Losing Places in 2008 via the Dutch label The Hooter Listens (which included a remix by Isan), followed by a second single on the French label Beko in 2010. In 2011 they released Different Activities, Similar Diversions, a compilation of various tracks and home recording experiments. 2014’s The Greater Good (part of the WIAIWYA singles club) gained heavy play on BBC 6music, and was followed by another 7”, Walking Backwards for the label in 2015.
The Leaf Library have produced an album full of uneasy beauty. Graceful yet grandiose, Daylight Versions captures the feeling of living amongst England’s eccentric weather, of being on a small island floating in the North Sea, as it slowly disappears beneath the waves.

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