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Different Activities, Similar Diversions

by The Leaf Library

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    The download includes five bonus tracks of remixes and demos, plus an 11 page PDF of artwork & lyrics.
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    Edition of 50. Includes the Losing Places EP and digital bonus tracks. Handmade card and tracing paper sleeve.

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New Year 04:14
I Was There 04:45
Closer 05:14
Bright Blue 04:23


Different Activities, Similar Diversions is a compilation of early recordings (2004-2010), a set of droney love songs dedicated to buildings, stationery and the weather.

New Year’s upbeat opening mantra leads the way to eight more tracks of Kate Gibson’s buzzing farfisa and Matt Ashton’s (Saloon / Singing Adams) chiming guitar, with the centre piece of Evening Runner adding layers of synth drone and violin over a skipping heartbeat kick.

The Stereolab (ish) horns of Many Small Hands, Rob Smoughton’s (Hot Chip / Black Peaches) jazzy yet motorik drums, and the layered vocals and bass fuzz of Bright Blue all combine to make a album of warm, drifting pop songs.

The download comes with extra demos and remixes.

Matt Ashton – guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, synth, percussion, piano, vocals
Kate Gibson – vocals, synth, piano
Gareth Jones – bass
Ben Smith – guitar, synth, programming


Alice Holloway-Smith – trombone on Many Small Hands
Alice Lloyd – violin on Evening Runner
Michael Smoughton – trumpet on Light and Colour and Many Small Hands
Rob Smoughton – drums on Light and Colour, No Memories, No Plans, Many Small Hands and Closer

All words by Matt Ashton and Kate Gibson
All music by The Leaf Library
Copyright 2011

Recorded between 2004 - 2009. Light and Colour, No Memories No Plans, Many Small Hands and Closer recorded by Simon Trought at Soup Studio and mixed at Studio Klank by Simon Nelson and Alec Gregory. Evening Runner and I Was There recorded and mixed at Studio Klank by Simon Nelson and Alec Gregory. New Year recorded and mixed in Hackney by Tom Giles. Additional recording at home in Crouch End, Hornsey and Finchampstead. Mastered by Tom Corbett

Thanks to Alice Lloyd, Andy Keen, Mark Cremins, Pete Brookes, Sarah Jo Underwood

Bye Mike


released January 10, 2011


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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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