Saturday, March 3, 2012

Dead Leaf Echo release single "Kingmaker" + tour to SXSW

Dead Leaf Echo release single "Kingmaker" + tour to SXSW

On Dead Leaf Echo's most recent single release "Kingmaker," (now out via Custom Made Music) you can almost feel the spirit of 90's dreamgaze bands like Chapterhouse flowing through this modern updating of that classic sound. This shouldn't surprise as DLE was hand picked by that seminal band to open their much anticipated reunion show in Brooklyn last year. Other similarities may be evident due to the hiring of legendary 4AD producer John Fryer to add his golden mixing touch to the track. The song is more complex than much of that era's simpler compositions however, demonstrating the essential difference between unimaginative copying and true musical evolution. Dead Leaf Echo have now positioned themselves at the forefront of this creative updating. Guitars chime and shimmer while vocals smoothly wash all over you. The track will be included on their forthcoming album titled "Thought and Language." The band is also is planning another 7" split single, coming out on the California based Green Fuse Records this spring/summer. Two new videos are also in the works as is a March tour. Those live dates commence on the 7th in Baltimore, working their way through the south up to and including some noteworthy shows in Texas, not the least being multiple dates at the SXSW Festival.

Listen to Kingmaker
Essential Links:

Dead Leaf Echo

Custom Made Music

Posting at The Deli Mag
 Additional classic DLE videos


Mr Smork said...

nice short feature. remember them from your previous entries.
and good to hear they have such a success.

DaveCromwell said...

Yeah, I've written about them before. They are definitely a band I will always make time for.

I'm also am totally psyched to see them perform a number of times at SXSW very soon!

Ivanka said...

oh wow! nice review Dave
and pretty cool song :)

DaveCromwell said...

Yeah, I really like their latest track there, Ivanka. It definitely shows their continuing musical evolution.

Also - be sure to check out the two videos I've included here as well.

The Midnite Rambler said...

Dave, Thanks for your blog on Dead Leaf Echo. You make discovering new music a great experience. I like the way you format the blog with text, photos, audio & video - it leaves one with a good sense of who Dead Leaf Echo are. I love their sound & am glad I read your blog.

DaveCromwell said...

Thanks for sayin, Charlie.

Yeah I often think that many of the blogs I visit are too cluttered. There is just way too much "noise" and "distractions" going on.

I too prefer a clean, linear experience.

Happy to hear you like Dead Leaf Echo too!

Andy Von Pip said...

yeah sounds good I know you've featured them previously so good work

DaveCromwell said...

Indeed, Mr. VP.

Quality bands always deserve having their latest releases mentioned.

William said...

I like them- I do remember you posting about them before and liking their vibe then too- very cool- i like their music vids too-

When does SXSW start?

DaveCromwell said...

Yeah, their music vids add another sweet dimension to that classic dreamgaze sound.

The music portion of SXSW starts March 13th.

Anonymous said...

Great one dave, they make interesting music.

Patricia Mena said...

Very nice Dave, great vids, i like "Walking Away", cool song.

DaveCromwell said...

Nice to see this band getting their just due!

Anonymous said...

This band definitely has some original visuals- their videos, clearly made of some 'lost & found tapes' have a very classy, vintage feel to them and work well with the music. There's thought put into it and the outcome is very interesting.