Brooklyn's Dead Leaf Echo is a music/art collective that released their debut LP, Thought and Language, in 2013. It was strongly influenced by many 4AD acts, brought into sharp focus by the mixing of John Fryer (Lush, NIN, Depeche Mode) and featuring artwork by 4AD's legendary designer, V23's Vaughan Oliver (Pixies, Bauhaus)l. The band maintains a distinctive ethos -- embracing their idols, while still forging their own sound.
Their sophomore LP, Beyond.Desire, was recorded at Mexican Summer's Gary's Electric studio in Greenpoint with legendary My Bloody Valentine engineer Guy Fixsen (MBV, WIRE) and Jorge Elbreht (Ariel Pink, No Joy, Frankie Rose, Violens, Lansing-Drieden.) It features artwork from Timothy O'Donnell (another 4AD design alumnus) and is due out October 13th via PaperCup Music.
The new record finds Dead Leaf Echo exploring something much more than bands within their sphere typically strive for -- it's introspection leavened with human connectedness and higher arching themes of maturation and growth that transcend the basic needs of lust and want. The record comes far closer to approximating their live show, with a scorching sound that is often volatile, rife with damaged guitar deconstructions and gleaming figures, yet maintains their eminently melodic sensibilities. Beyond.Desire shifts from shimmering to scorching at the drop of a hat, held together by rock solid songwriting. By moving between both ends of the spectrum, the tracks on Beyond.Desire function both as blissed-out, resplendent expository narratives, and also as pure, white-noise nihilism.
Both their live performances and album, replete with gorgeous packaging and artwork, are crucial entry points to understanding the band. They've toured extensively, playing festivals like SXSW, CMJ, and NXNE and have shared stages with acts like Swervedriver, A Place to Bury Strangers, The Ocean Blue, The Warlocks, Modern English, The Wedding Present & Trail Of the Dead. The band will tour this fall in support of their upcoming release.