8/10 - Uncut
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
supported by 14 fans who also own “About Minerals”
This is gorgeous and 100% setting the tone for my autumn...
Reminds me of albums I loved in the early aughts like His Name is Alive's Stars on E.S.P. and Black Box Recorder's England Made Me, both of which remind me of long autumnal road trips in Wisconsin as a teenager. Definitely a beautiful and reflective space to be encompassed by while watching the world shift.
THE PAIN GOES...
comeawaywithemd.com Ecstatic M.D.
This is one of those records that really justifies all of the nights I've spent browsing Bandcamp for fresh music. Creative, nostalgic for fans of Westerns, and refreshing in its presentation, it's a real passion motivator! trashmikeee