When: Tue., Nov. 8, 8 p.m. 2011
Grant Olsen, best known as half of Seattle indie-rock outfit Arthur & Yu, spent about four years working in fits and starts on The Ornament (Hardly Art), the debut album by his new solo project, Gold Leaves. According to press materials, he first thought about giving the music a country flavor, then considered tapping into classic R&B; what he eventually came up with (assisted by Jason Quever of Papercuts) makes room for both, alongside folk rock, Phil Spector-style wall-of-sound pop, the woozy blue-eyed soul of the Walker Brothers, and more. Olsen's elegant yet ramshackle tunes benefit from reverb-drenched arrangements—room-filling organ swells, acoustic strumming, narcotic harmony vocals—but it's his parched, weary voice that really helps them connect. For this tour he leads a five-piece version of the band. —Peter Margasak A.A. Bondy headlines.