The Spell, the first single from Leaves forthcoming album The Angela Test, bears all the hallmarks of this Icelandic band’s distinctive and compelling sound.
Like the rest of the album, due for release 15 August 2005, The Spell had an interesting evolution. Leaves underwent a major line up change in 2003 and with all five band members contributing to the album tracks, each brought their own musical influences to the table. The Spell, whilst still retaining Leaves signature layered sound and deft, intricate arrangements, has a certain Germanic flavour, a result of the band going back into the studio after seeing Kraftwerk play in their hometown of Reykjavik.
Available on cd and 7” vinyl, The Spell is backed with two new tracks not featured on the album. Do I Sink?, an original Leaves composition reminiscent of Pink Floyd in it’s spatial, melancholic grooves and ‘Til I Die, Leaves version of a Beach Boys song from Surfs Up, are both featured on the cd whilst Do I Sink? is included on the 7”.
Leaves will be previewing tracks from The Angela Test throughout May during their support dates with Thirteen Senses and Supergrass. The band will also play headline gigs at London’s Buffalo Bar on May 19th, Bristol Louisiana May 28th and Oxford Zodiac on May 30th. Full list of dates as follows:
7th May – Bristol Uni – 14+
8th May – Portsmouth Pyramids – 14+ (no restrictions given)
9th May – Cambridge Junction – 14+
10th May – Norwich Waterfront – 14+
12th May – Edinburgh Liquid Rooms – 18+ (14+ must be accompanied)
13th May – Liverpool Academy – 16+
14th May – London Astoria – 16+
15th May – Manchester Academy – 14+ (prefer under 18s to be accompanied)
16th May – Sheffield Leadmill – 18+
17th May – Leeds Uni SU – 18+
19th May – Buffalo Bar, London – 0207 359 6191
21st May – Uni Central Lancs – 18+
23rd May – Newcastle Uni – 14+
24th May – Northampton Roadmember – 14+
25th May – Bath Pavillion – NC
27th May – Norwich UEA – 14+
28th May – Bristol Lousiana – 18+
29th May – Portsmouth Pyramids – 14+ (no restrictions given)
30th May – Oxford Zodiac – 16+
31st May – Liverpool Academy – 16+
Leaves made a considerable impact with their debut album Breathe which secured them across-the-board critical acclaim on its release in 2002. Since then a change of line up and record label has served to consolidate the group and resulted in an equally impressive follow up in The Angela Test due to be released 15 August 2005.
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