Leaf At Ether
Published 8 March 2010 by BWL

Polar Bear and Vladislav Delay will both perform at the Ether festival in London next month.

Both shows take place on Friday April 23 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Polar Bear will play a free show in the foyer at 5.30pm. The five-piece outfit will play music from their new album Peepers, which was released last week to rave reviews. Click here to buy it from our store.

Later in the evening Vladislav Delay (aka Finnish musician Sasu Ripatti) will make a rare UK appearance, also at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The bill is headlined by Germans To Rococo Rot with Gudrun Gut & AGF (the latter being Ripatti's partner Antye Greie) and Thomas Fehlmann completing the line up.

2009 saw Ripatti (who has also recorded under the names Luomo and Uusitalo, as well as being part of the Moritz von Oswald Trio) hook up with Leaf for the first time for the Vladislav Delay album Tummaa.

Oh No Ono Announce Caribou Remix And SXSW
Published 10 March 2010 by BWL

Oh No Ono have unveiled a remix by Leaf alumnus Caribou (aka Dan Snaith) of 'Eleanor Speaks', taken from the Danish band's new album, Eggs. Apart from the release of the storming 'Odessa' track a couple of weeks ago, this splendid remix is the first evidence of Caribou's new dancefloor direction to be made available. We've heard his new album, and it's deadly!

The remix is available for free download to subscribers to The Leaf Label's newsletter, for a limited time. To subscribe, or login for your free download, please visit:

Next week, Oh No Ono travel to Austin, Texas, for SXSW before playing a couple of shows in New York. Here are the confirmed parties for SXSW:

Wednesday 17 March - Terrorbird Media Day Party (2.55pm), Red 7
Thursday 18 March - Billions Day Party (3.30pm), The Mohawk
Thursday 18 March - Music By The Slice (6pm), Homeslice Pizza
Friday 19 March - Friendly Fire showcase (12am), Lamberts
Friday 19 March - Danish Day Party (5pm), The Music Gym
Friday 19 March - Mess With Texas (2.05pm), MWTX Lot
Saturday 20 March - Filter/Dickies Sounds (3pm), Lustre Pearl

Polar Bear on Paul Morley's Showing Off
Published 26 March 2010 by TM

The latest edition of Paul Morley's regular 'Showing Off' column on The Guardian's website went up today, and features video footage of the band performing at their east London rehearsal space, as well as an in depth interview with Seb Rochford and Pete Wareham from the band. Well worth a look if you want an insight into how the band work.

You can find it all here.

Free Wildbirds & Peacedrums Download And New EPs
Published 31 March 2010 by BWL

Sweden's Wildbirds & Peacedrums return in May with Retina, the first of two vinyl only EPs. The second, Iris, will follow in June and both will be compiled as an album, entitled Rivers, to be released in August on CD and download.

The new songs were recorded and mixed during a week in Iceland at the end of January. The five tracks included on Retina were recorded by Mariam and Andreas and the 12-strong Schola Cantorum Reykjavík Chamber Choir (who also featured on Björk’s Medulla album). The EP features a stellar cast drawn from the Bedroom Community group, recorded by Australian émigré sound artist and engineer Ben Frost, mixed by Valgeir Sigurðsson (Camille, CocoRosie, Bonnie Prince Billy, etc) and with choral arrangements by Hildur Guðnadóttir (who has collaborated with Fever Ray, Throbbing Gristle and is a member of Múm).

We are offering a free download of 'Fight For Me' from Retina to subscribers to the the Leaf list, for a limited time. Find out more by signing up or logging in here.

You can also hear the new song on the band's myspace.

The release of Retina coincides with Wildbirds & Peacedrums’ previously announced European tour, backed by a 12-piece choir, including a live premiere at the Pavement-curated ATP and a London show at Bishopsgate Institute.

European Tour Dates:
Friday 14 May - ATP Festival, Minehead, UK
Saturday 15 May - Bishopsgate Institute, London, UK
Sunday 16 May - Café De La Danse, Paris, France
Monday 17 May - Dampfzentrale, Bern, Switzerland
Wednesday 19 May - Babel, Malmö, Sweden
Thursday 20 May - Jazzhouse, Copenhagen, Denmark
Friday 21 May - Blå, Oslo, Norway
Saturday 22 May - Södra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden
Sunday 23 May - venue tbc, Gothenburg, Sweden

12" Tracklisting:
A1. Bleed like there was no other flood
A2. Tiny holes in this world
A3. Under land and over sea
B1. Fight for me
B2. Peeling off the layers