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Low Leaf // Red Moon LP / TAPE

Low Leaf // Red Moon LP / TAPE

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This is an EP released in June 2024 by multi-instrumentalist Low Leaf from Los Angeles, USA, through Leaving Records, a long-established all-genre label in LA.

Contains three spiritual jazz tracks featuring harp, guitar, saxophone, drums and voice.

*Please feel free to contact us as we will send you the digital sound source free of charge.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"Low Leaf is the long-term, multi-valued project of LA-born multi-instrumentalist Angelica Marie. Released on the heels of 2023's Microdose, which fused and channelled free jazz, astrology, hip hop, eco-spirituality and geopolitical rage, Red Moon is a tight three-track album that's a snapshot of Low Leaf at a particularly dynamic period.

Low Leaf was trained in classical piano at a young age and is equally skilled as a self-taught guitarist, harpist and producer, and in fact these four elements (piano, guitar, harp and beat/sound design) form the essential ingredients of this project, in their balance, fusion and occasional clash.

Red Moon begins with a live rendition of "The Blue Nile," a song written by the late ambiguous explorer and harpist Alice Coltrane. In an era of Coltrane bumper sticker revival, Low Leaf's "Blue Nile" envelops the listener like a well-worn, well-loved overcoat of unknown provenance. Why have we come to be blessed with this strange, beautiful old thing? Who knows... but it fits perfectly. Recorded live at the Neue Haus Hollywood, the band is backed by a drummer, bassist and flutist.

The two tracks that follow Red Moon, "Innersound Oddity" and "How to Open a Portal," are Low Leaf originals, but both have a strange familiarity (no doubt thanks to the bold intro of "Blue Nile"). And yes, there are familiar components: "Innersound Oddity," with its tongue-in-cheek "Strap in kids" intro and propulsive scuzz, builds on a beat Low Leaf previously contributed to Fat Beats' Baker's Dozen series. As the name suggests, the track builds to a frenetic, weird, whooshing climax before suddenly going off-axis like a B-movie UFO. "How to Open a Portal" (which Low Leaf debuted on Leaving Records' long-running monthly showcase, Listen to Music Outside in the Daylight Under a Tree) threads the needle between the two previous recordings. Flutes and harps dance freely across a bed of airy rhythms, as does the calming, vibey "How to Open a Portal," which ends its ten-minute-plus running time with a bold, climactic surprise.

"Every seed I planted grew into something," says Low Leaf, reflecting on the breadth of her musical trajectory. The project feels driven by spontaneity, freedom and intuition. The name itself was seemingly chosen at random. But the various meanings of the name - burial, fertility, and mortality - are forever before her. It is noteworthy that, without succumbing to precious myth-making, the artist regularly takes harp lessons through lucid dreams, from musicians both real and imagined. Red Moon seems to be a message from this very dream world."

Labels and other worksClick here for the guidelines. ///Click here to see more Leaving Records / Stones Throw releases available at Tobira. 

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Available on 12" black vinyl (edition of 400) or cassette in Norelco case (edition of 200).

tracklist:

1. Blue Nile 07:56
2. Innersound Oddity 05:25
3. How to Open a Portal 10:23

Leaving Records:

"Low Leaf is the long-running and multivalent project of Los Angeleno and multi-instrumentalist Angelica-Marie. Riding the wake of 2023's Microdose—melding/channeling free jazz, astrology, hip-hop, eco-spirituality, and geo-political anger—Red Moon (out May 24th 2024 on Leaving Records) is a tight, three-song release, a snapshot of Low Leaf during an especially dynamic period.

Having received training in classical piano as a child, Low Leaf is equally adept as a self-taught guitarist, harpist, and producer. Indeed, these four elements (piano, guitar, harp, and beats/sound design)—their balance, fusion, and occasional clashings—constitute the project's essential ingredients, though notably there is no guitar featured in Red Moon.

Fittingly, Red Moon begins with a live rendition of “Blue Nile,” a song written by fellow polymath, searcher, and harpist, the late, great Alice Coltrane. In this, the Alice Coltrane bumper sticker revival era, Low Leaf's “Blue Nile” enfolds the listener like a well-worn, well-loved overcoat of indeterminate origin. How is it that we've come to be blessed by this strange and beautiful old thing? Who knows...but it fits perfectly. A recording of a live performance at NeueHouse Hollywood, and with the backing of a drummer, bassist, and flautist, “Blue Nile” is a swirling, ecstatic, intermittently improvisational, and ultimately apt take on a new cosmic standard.

Red Moon's subsequent two tracks, "Innersound Oddity" and "How to Open a Portal," are Low Leaf originals, though both possess (no doubt in part to "Blue Nile's" bold introduction) an uncanny sense of familiarity. And to be sure, there are some familiar components: "Innersound Oddity," with its tongue-in-cheek intro of "strap in kids" and its propulsive scuzz, is a top-of-the-line beat Low Leaf previously contributed to Fat Beats' Baker's Dozen series. The track, true to its name, builds towards a frenetic, odd, warbly climax before suddenly dissembling—a B movie UFO flying off its axis. "How to Open a Portal" (which, incidentally, Low Leaf debuted at the long-running Leaving Records monthly showcase, Listen to Music Outside in the Daylight Under a Tree) seems to thread the needle between the two previous recordings. Flute and harp dance helical-wise across and over and throughout an airy rhythmic bed. Soothing and vibey, “How to Open a Portal” likewise reserves some daring climactic surprises for the tail end of its ten-minute-plus runtime.

"Every seed I've laid has grown into something," says Low Leaf, reflecting upon the breadth of her musical trajectory. The project feels driven by spontaneity, freedom, and intuition. The name itself, Low Leaf, arrived seemingly at random. But the moniker's multifarious meanings are forever revealing themselves to her—with suggestions of embeddedness, fertility, mortality, and so on. Without succumbing to precious myth-making, it is of note that this is an artist who routinely receives harp lessons via lucid dreams from musicians both real and imagined. Red Moon seems to be a transmission from this very same dream realm."

Artist: Low Leaf

Label: Leaving Records

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This is an EP released in June 2024 by multi-instrumentalist Low Leaf from Los Angeles, USA, through Leaving Records, a long-established all-genre label in LA.

Contains three spiritual jazz tracks featuring harp, guitar, saxophone, drums and voice.

*Please feel free to contact us as we will send you the digital sound source free of charge.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"Low Leaf is the long-term, multi-valued project of LA-born multi-instrumentalist Angelica Marie. Released on the heels of 2023's Microdose, which fused and channelled free jazz, astrology, hip hop, eco-spirituality and geopolitical rage, Red Moon is a tight three-track album that's a snapshot of Low Leaf at a particularly dynamic period.

Low Leaf was trained in classical piano at a young age and is equally skilled as a self-taught guitarist, harpist and producer, and in fact these four elements (piano, guitar, harp and beat/sound design) form the essential ingredients of this project, in their balance, fusion and occasional clash.

Red Moon begins with a live rendition of "The Blue Nile," a song written by the late ambiguous explorer and harpist Alice Coltrane. In an era of Coltrane bumper sticker revival, Low Leaf's "Blue Nile" envelops the listener like a well-worn, well-loved overcoat of unknown provenance. Why have we come to be blessed with this strange, beautiful old thing? Who knows... but it fits perfectly. Recorded live at the Neue Haus Hollywood, the band is backed by a drummer, bassist and flutist.

The two tracks that follow Red Moon, "Innersound Oddity" and "How to Open a Portal," are Low Leaf originals, but both have a strange familiarity (no doubt thanks to the bold intro of "Blue Nile"). And yes, there are familiar components: "Innersound Oddity," with its tongue-in-cheek "Strap in kids" intro and propulsive scuzz, builds on a beat Low Leaf previously contributed to Fat Beats' Baker's Dozen series. As the name suggests, the track builds to a frenetic, weird, whooshing climax before suddenly going off-axis like a B-movie UFO. "How to Open a Portal" (which Low Leaf debuted on Leaving Records' long-running monthly showcase, Listen to Music Outside in the Daylight Under a Tree) threads the needle between the two previous recordings. Flutes and harps dance freely across a bed of airy rhythms, as does the calming, vibey "How to Open a Portal," which ends its ten-minute-plus running time with a bold, climactic surprise.

"Every seed I planted grew into something," says Low Leaf, reflecting on the breadth of her musical trajectory. The project feels driven by spontaneity, freedom and intuition. The name itself was seemingly chosen at random. But the various meanings of the name - burial, fertility, and mortality - are forever before her. It is noteworthy that, without succumbing to precious myth-making, the artist regularly takes harp lessons through lucid dreams, from musicians both real and imagined. Red Moon seems to be a message from this very dream world."

Labels and other worksClick here for the guidelines. ///Click here to see more Leaving Records / Stones Throw releases available at Tobira. 

------------------------

Available on 12" black vinyl (edition of 400) or cassette in Norelco case (edition of 200).

tracklist:

1. Blue Nile 07:56
2. Innersound Oddity 05:25
3. How to Open a Portal 10:23

Leaving Records:

"Low Leaf is the long-running and multivalent project of Los Angeleno and multi-instrumentalist Angelica-Marie. Riding the wake of 2023's Microdose—melding/channeling free jazz, astrology, hip-hop, eco-spirituality, and geo-political anger—Red Moon (out May 24th 2024 on Leaving Records) is a tight, three-song release, a snapshot of Low Leaf during an especially dynamic period.

Having received training in classical piano as a child, Low Leaf is equally adept as a self-taught guitarist, harpist, and producer. Indeed, these four elements (piano, guitar, harp, and beats/sound design)—their balance, fusion, and occasional clashings—constitute the project's essential ingredients, though notably there is no guitar featured in Red Moon.

Fittingly, Red Moon begins with a live rendition of “Blue Nile,” a song written by fellow polymath, searcher, and harpist, the late, great Alice Coltrane. In this, the Alice Coltrane bumper sticker revival era, Low Leaf's “Blue Nile” enfolds the listener like a well-worn, well-loved overcoat of indeterminate origin. How is it that we've come to be blessed by this strange and beautiful old thing? Who knows...but it fits perfectly. A recording of a live performance at NeueHouse Hollywood, and with the backing of a drummer, bassist, and flautist, “Blue Nile” is a swirling, ecstatic, intermittently improvisational, and ultimately apt take on a new cosmic standard.

Red Moon's subsequent two tracks, "Innersound Oddity" and "How to Open a Portal," are Low Leaf originals, though both possess (no doubt in part to "Blue Nile's" bold introduction) an uncanny sense of familiarity. And to be sure, there are some familiar components: "Innersound Oddity," with its tongue-in-cheek intro of "strap in kids" and its propulsive scuzz, is a top-of-the-line beat Low Leaf previously contributed to Fat Beats' Baker's Dozen series. The track, true to its name, builds towards a frenetic, odd, warbly climax before suddenly dissembling—a B movie UFO flying off its axis. "How to Open a Portal" (which, incidentally, Low Leaf debuted at the long-running Leaving Records monthly showcase, Listen to Music Outside in the Daylight Under a Tree) seems to thread the needle between the two previous recordings. Flute and harp dance helical-wise across and over and throughout an airy rhythmic bed. Soothing and vibey, “How to Open a Portal” likewise reserves some daring climactic surprises for the tail end of its ten-minute-plus runtime.

"Every seed I've laid has grown into something," says Low Leaf, reflecting upon the breadth of her musical trajectory. The project feels driven by spontaneity, freedom, and intuition. The name itself, Low Leaf, arrived seemingly at random. But the moniker's multifarious meanings are forever revealing themselves to her—with suggestions of embeddedness, fertility, mortality, and so on. Without succumbing to precious myth-making, it is of note that this is an artist who routinely receives harp lessons via lucid dreams from musicians both real and imagined. Red Moon seems to be a transmission from this very same dream realm."

Artist: Low Leaf

Label: Leaving Records