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About Minerals

by The Leaf Library

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    /// SOME COPIES STILL AVAILABLE FROM UK INDEPENDENT RECORD SHOPS /// First time on LP for this drone pop gem. Limited to 300 copies. Comes with three digital bonus tracks.

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High Light 04:31
Beach Loom 09:12


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8/10 - God Is In The TV
8/10 - Long Live Vinyl

“A sensory deprivation tank of experimental sometimes-pop” – Concrete Islands
"Cirrus clouds of heavenly keys, guitars and violins... the only bliss out album you'll need this year" - The Quietus

For fans of Biosphere, Pan American, Broadcast and Fennesz.

Originally released as a very limited edition run of tapes in 2019 this is the first time on vinyl for this ambient drone pop gem. About Minerals features nine tracks of misty coastal ambience, ebbing drones and lush, layered vocals.

Recorded on laptops whilst mixing 2019 album The World Is A Bell, About Minerals is an agreeably minimal contrast to that album’s dense and intricate sound world, though no less ambitious in its scope. Beds of analog synths and computer plug-ins gently vie for space with manipulated field recordings, guitar drones and echoing strings to create an atmospheric and contemplative (yet never easy listening) soundscape.

The title track lopes in on a block of synth pads, carried along by Melinda Bronstein’s Trish Keenan-esque vocals and field recordings of the Dungeness fog horn, and Los Tilos forest in La Palma. Beach Loom’s guitar washes and violin loops swirl like billowing rain on a misty shingle shore, while An Edge, An Ending (the title borrowed from a Lavinia Greenlaw poem) gradually builds on a Cluster-type machine rhythm, before being enveloped in waves of synths and Kate Gibson’s melancholic, softly keening voice.


released August 29, 2020

Kate Gibson – vocals
Melinda Bronstein – vocals
Matt Ashton – Moog Mother, Behringer Model D, guitar, laptop, field recordings
Lewis Young – electronics, violin, percussion, field recordings

All tracks written, recorded and mixed by The Leaf Library
All words by Matt Ashton, except track two by Melinda Bronstein
Recorded on various laptops between October 2018 and April 2019
Field recordings from Dungeness, Deal and Los Tilos Forest, La Palma
Voice on Blue Green Sequence - Artie Ashton
Mastered for vinyl by Penhill Industriosonics

Thanks to Tiago and Bettina for the original release
Thanks also to John, Simon, Alice and Mike
p The Leaf Library 2019
c The Leaf Library 2020
Artwork by Bettina Gackstatter

Originally released on cassette as #IST005 by Inner Space Travels, 2019


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Looping drone pop (and occasional space rock) forever.
Matt, Kate, Gareth, Lewis, Simon, Mel, Dan from North East London (and beyond).

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