Review Summary: Although scattered, the debut album by Electric Leaves flows suprisingly well, and truly draws the listener in.
Electric Leaves, an unsigned one-man band, consisting of Lukedavid Wiget. And at first, popping in this album, that is exactly what you would think it is--One man with an acoustic guitar, singing in a style reminiscent of Bright Eyes. But as the album goes on, it begins to blossom. Bringing in keyboards, bass, electric guitar and drums, Lukedavid skillfully creates atmospheres that walk the thin line between beauty and noise.
After the opening track of the album, I Got What You Wished For (Part I)
, Wiget ditches the Bright Eyes style and goes into a full-on indie-rock atmospheric wash. Some songs, such as Not a Linedrawing
or I Got What You Wished For (Part II)
are your average indie pop, a la Animal Collective's latest album, but with an enjoyable twist in the vocals and unique style. Other songs, such as Saxifrage
and Everywhere Is Electric
are simple sound collages, which feel like they should get in the way, but truly improve the album's flow.
is a downtempo ballad that would feel right at home on Kid A
, while Black Expanse
is a massive emotional rocker, with slight post-rock leanings.
All in all, despite Apple
's lack of focus, jumping between any number of styles throughout the record, Electric Leaves have created a well-composed, perfectly flowing, creative, and atmospherically entrancing debut album, certainly worthy of a few listens, at the very least. And if you're lucky, you just might get hooked.
Lukedavid has posted most of the album for free download at http://www.last.fm/music/Electric+Leaves/Apple although
Saxifrage is incorrectly uploaded as a duplicate of
The City Lulled To Sleep. For a full download, one can purchase the entire album for $8 at http://www.last.fm/music/Electric+Leaves/Apple