Watch the new video for AU's 'Solid Gold'
Published 1 October 2012 by BWL

AU have released a new video for 'Solid Gold' taken from this year's Both Lights album. The partially autobiographical clip was directed by Italian Roberto Ortu, capturing nostalgic emotions of brotherhood, and was premiered on earlier. There are still a few copies of the 'Solid Gold' 7" in our shop, both tracks feature celebrated saxophonist Colin Stetson.

Later this month, AU begin a North American tour including shows with Zammuto (ex-The Books). You can see all shows here.

Jherek Bischoff scores
Published 2 October 2012 by BWL

Jherek Bischoff is to release an instrumental version of his recent Composed album, entitled Scores: Composed Instrumentals. This version of the album may omit the vocals of David Byrne, Caetano Veloso et al, but it offers a new and rewarding way to explore Jherek's work as a composer, arranger and producer. Unusually, this digital only release also provides an opportunity to get your hands on the actual musical score as a series of pdf booklets with the download.

The 'deluxe' version of the album, including the score transcripts, will be available exclusively through Leaf's online store from this week. The 'standard' album will be also released through iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc from October 22, coinciding with the beginning of Jherek's European tour with Amanda Palmer (see our live page). You can read Jherek's take on the controversy surrounding Amanda's decision to crowdsource musicians for the current tour here.

Jherek is encouraging fans to record versions of his songs and post them on his Facebook and Twitter accounts, with prizes for the best versions.

For more information on the original version of the album, take a look at the Composed page on the website.

Win tickets to Matthew Bourne's World Tour of London
Published 3 October 2012 by BWL

Matthew Bourne's World Tour of London (full info here) begins next week and we can offer one lucky person a pair of tickets to all four shows as well as his album Montauk Variations on CD. All you have to do is tell us which tune Matthew recently covered that we posted on our blog. Clue: you would have heard it a lot this year!

Email us your answer with the subject line 'WToL' by midnight on Sunday October 7th and the winner will be contacted on Monday next week.

Here are the shows:
Tue 9 Oct 2012 Piano Relay, Laban Theatre, London
Thu 11 Oct 2012 Kings Place, London
Fri 12 Oct 2012 St John's Smith Square, London
Sun 14 Oct 2012 The Shacklewell Arms, London

Sign up to Matthew's mailing list here to hear everything from the horse's mouth, so to speak.

October's entry in Sebastian Rochford's audio diary
Published 26 October 2012 by RM

Celebrated cellist Oliver Coates is Sebastian Rochford's partner in crime for October's Takeaway single. Their brooding, cinematic track, ‘The Boat Sails To A Blind Horizon’, is described by Coates as “A voyage to uncharted Scottish isles, a kind of transplanted Heart of Darkness.”

Coates won the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award 2011 and has collaborated with artists as diverse as Micachu, MF Doom, Leo Abrahams, Steve Reich and Jonny Greenwood.

‘The Boat Sails To A Blind Horizon’ can be streamed and purchased on the Takeaway's Bandcamp (or from the Leaf shop) along with a remix from Chris Sharkey (trioVD, Acoustic Ladyland).

Jherek Bischoff releases a third Wordless Music Orchestra video
Published 29 October 2012 by RM

‘Blossom’ is the only song on Jherek Bischoff’s Composed album which he sings himself. He’s been performing it every night on his current tour with Amanda Palmer, and now you get the chance to see how he did it with The Wordless Music Orchestra in New York earlier this year. You can stream the video on Youtube (see above) and vimeo, following a premiere in Alarm magazine’s website last week.