Polar Bear - new single and album
Published 24 February, 2015 by DM

Polar Bear - new single and album

In the time it takes to say “2014 Mercury Prize shortlisted album In Each And Every One”, Polar Bear have returned with a brand new album. ‘Dont Let The Feeling Go’ is the first single from their upcoming sixth album Same As You. Featuring bandleader Sebastian Rochford alongside Hannah Darling on vocal duties, it finds Polar Bear at their most direct: the song’s infectious life-affirming mantra stays with you long after the track has ended.

Given its short gestation, it is striking how far removed the new album is from its immediate predecessor. Inspired by Seb’s time in the Mojave Desert, there is a startling freshness in the songs, both thematically and sonically. After the dark complexity of recent output, Same As You is presented in sharp focus, as inclusive and accessible as the title suggests, while still maintaining the playful experimentation on which the band has made its name.

Read what Seb has to say about the new album and single here.

Some great reviews for Same As You already in:
“A joyous affirmation of positivity” 4/5 Mojo
“Their most direct and uplifting yet. ‘Dont Let The Feeling Go’ is just a spoonfed breakbeat away from pop gold” 8/10 Uncut
“The UK’s most forward-thinking jazz act… make dazzling return” 4/5 Q

Same As You is released March 30th and is available to pre-order from Polar Bear’s Bandcamp (including merch bundles) and the Leaf store on CD, digital and limited edition double vinyl LP + CD.

‘Dont Let The Feeling Go’ is out now, and is available to download for free if you pre-order the album.

Polar Bear are touring in Europe this month and in the UK in April. Details on our live page.


New Leaf imprint Bias signs Vessels
Published 03 February, 2015 by BP

New Leaf imprint Bias signs Vessels

We're very excited to announce a new imprint label, Bias, and its first signing Vessels. The Leeds band have undergone a transformation in recent years, and have stepped into the light clutching an exquisite, euphoric new album Dilate.

You can get up to speed by checking out the video for latest single 'On Monos' (Vimeo) and their back catalogue on Bandcamp. Dilate is available to pre-order now.

Visit the band's website to sign up to their mailing list for more information and updates.

You can catch Vessels live on the following dates:

Thu 12th Mar - Convergence, Village Underground, London (with Clark)
Fri 13th Mar - Convergence, St John-at-Hackney, London (DJ set with Kiasmos)
Sat 14th Mar - Start The Bus, Bristol
Sun 15th Mar - Rainbow, Birmingham
Mon 16th Mar - Soup Kitchen, Manchester
Tue 17th Mar - Nice & Sleazy, Glasgow
Wed 18th Mar - Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
Sat 25th Apr - Opium Rooms, Dublin


Wildbirds & Peacedrums soundtrack Fortitude TV drama
Published 26 January, 2015 by DM

Wildbirds & Peacedrums soundtrack Fortitude TV drama

The sparse beauty of Wildbirds & Peacedrums’ ‘Peeling Off The Layers’ has been selected to soundtrack Sky Atlantic’s new flagship series Fortitude. Music director and composer Ben Frost has chosen the track from the Swedish duo’s 2010 album Rivers as the series’ title music.

Recorded by Frost in Reykjavík’s Guðríðarkirkja church with the Schola Cantorum Reykjavík Chamber Choir (arranged by Hildur Guðnadóttir), the track reflects the breathtaking Icelandic scenery that acts as the backdrop to Fortitude’s unsettling narrative. Keep an ear out for more Wildbirds material later in the series.

Featuring a heavyweight cast of Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston and Sofie Grabol, Fortitude premieres on Thursday January 29th at 9pm.


Radioland: Kraftwerk's Radio-Activity Revisited
Published 15 January, 2015 by DM

Radioland: Kraftwerk's Radio-Activity Revisited

To mark its 40th anniversary, Kraftwerk's pioneering Radio-Activity album has been revisited and reimagined by a stellar Anglo-French trio: our own Matthew Bourne along with composer Franck Vigroux and artist Antoine Schmitt.

Drawing on their diverse backgrounds in jazz and improvisation, electronic composition and visual installation, Bourne, Vigroux and Schmitt’s Radioland project turns the original album inside out, using analogue synths and electronics intensified by some striking live video work.

This brand new live experience promises to transport the listener into a futuristic audiovisual world, imagined by Kraftwerk in 1975 and reconstructed in this bold new manifestation for 2015.

This footage from early rehearsals of Radioland speaks for itself:

'Radioland' will be performed at the the following venues:

13th March - LEEDS Belgrave Music Hall (Part of IFAI)
19th March - BRIGHTON Komedia (promoted by Melting Vinyl)
20th March - LONDON Village Underground
21st March - BRISTOL Colston Hall
22nd March - EXETER Phoenix (part of Vibraphonic)
23rd March - MILTON KEYNES The Stables

More information.


Polar Bear: Same As You (BAY 98)
Polar Bear
Same As You
Polar Bear: Polar Bear (BAY 97)
Polar Bear
Polar Bear

Polar Bear: Dim Lit (BAY95)
Polar Bear
Dim Lit
Wildbirds & Peacedrums: Rhythm (BAY94)
Wildbirds & Peacedrums

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