Published 2 December 2011 by BWL
Following a major burglary at their Moono studio in Copenhagen, Oh No Ono have sadly decided to call it a day, and concentrate on their Tambourhinoceros label and other projects instead. They will play their last ever live show tonight (December 2) at a benefit for the studio in Copenhagen. More info on the gig and the theft here.
We loved working with the band, and we wish them all the best in the future activities. We hope our paths will cross again soon!
Wildbirds & Peacedrums Launch New Website
Published 7 December 2011 by BWL
The site includes all the usual artist website stuff, including all their lyrics, videos and music to stream. You can also sign up to their new newsletter for info quite literally as it happens...
2012 should see the release of the duo's fourth album, which Mariam and Andreas are working on now. Not content with just the one project, the pair have both been playing and recording with a whole range of artists this year, and several new projects will be released next year. Find out more on the new biography page...
AU Sign To Leaf And Release Single
Published 8 December 2011 by BWL
2012 looks set to be a very busy year for Leaf and we're thrilled to announce that we've signed the Portland, Oregon-based duo AU. AU is Luke Wyland and Dana Valatka and their first release with us will be ‘Solid Gold’, taken from their forthcoming album, Both Lights. The single will be released on Jan 9, with the album to follow in March.
AU (pronounced ‘ay-you’) first came to our attention in 2009 with the brilliant Versions EP, but Both Lights is really the long-gestating follow-up to 2008’s Verbs album. In the interim Wyland has stripped his previously extensive band down to a two-piece, rewriting his own rulebook and honing the duo’s considerable talents. They’re quite capable of delivering astonishing, muscular live shows (Dana on drums, Luke playing everything else), something we hope you’ll get the chance to see in Europe in 2012.
The ‘Solid Gold’ 7” also includes an exclusive song, 'under/Epic' (feat. Colin Stetson) and is limited to 500 copies for the world (just 150 for Europe). It's a joint release by The Leaf Label and Hometapes. Pressed on transparent yellow-orange vinyl, it’s packaged with full-color transparent cover art in a heavy PVC sleeve, and includes a free digital download. You can stream/download the track here now or over at Pitchfork, where the track was previewed earlier today:
More info on the single here.
The 7” and digital download are available to order now from our shop.
Outside of Europe, they can be ordered from Hometapes via Bandcamp.
Matthew Bourne Announces Album Launch Gig In London
Published 16 December 2011 by BWL
Matthew Bourne will play at London's Café OTO on February 15th to mark the release of his first ever solo studio album, Montauk Variations (out Feb 7). Bourne's extraordinary physical performance on the intimate venue's grand piano is not to be missed. This will be Matthew's last show before heading to China as part of a residency programme organised by The British Council and PRS For Music Foundation.
Here is a selection of tracks from Montauk Variations (which you can pre-order from our shop):
- Julia Kent - new album and video
- A tribute to Susumu Yokota
- Susumu Yokota RIP
- Leaf At Festivals
- Polar Bear and James Holden in London
- Wildbirds & Peacedrums soundtrack Apple Music launch
- Polar Bear nominated for the Jazz FM Awards
- The Leaf Label at The Independent Label Market
- Polar Bear - Same As You album stream
- Polar Bear - new single and album
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