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The band—which also includes guitarist Tyler Beach and bassist Dan Thatcher—sculpts a richly atmospheric sound, heavy on gauzy ambience and gentle melodic evolution. On their 2006 album Live at the Ice Factory (Fresh Produce) they sound more or less like a postbop outfit, but on the new one they enhance their music with electronics. Layers of sound swirl and hover: Beach's post-Radiohead arpeggios; the hushed, cycling unison figures he plays with Gorczynski; and Gorczynski's own billowing lines, which he often enlarges into sonic clouds with digital delay. Rumback gives the music its quietly insistent, rock-based pulse. Beach makes a few intriguing digressions—on the opening solo piece, "Orbeifu," he indulges in some post-Fahey fingerstyle action, on "Classical Theme" he flirts with Segovia-styled flamenco, and on "African Folk Song" he splits the difference—but by and large Leaves create a unified sound, meditative and beautiful, with no one player stepping to the foreground. I'm sorry to see them go.
Here's a track from Leaves called "Red Green Heart Explosion."