Snapped Ankles Forest Of Your Problems Snapped Ankles return to the forest, but it’s not as they left it. Trees planted in neat rows. A well-ordered monoculture with access roads and heavy machinery. The smell of greenwashed money in the air. There’s no sign of the ancient woodland they emerged from on debut album, Come Play The Trees. And it’s far cry from the gentrified East London they found themselves hawking on Stunning Luxury. All is not well in the face of progress. Welcome to the Forest Of Your Problems. Even among the famously close-knit woodwose community there are factions forming. Meet The Business Imp, The Cornucopian, The Nemophile and The Protester. Each with their own motivations and belief systems. Their own sense of injustice: contradictions, anxieties and guilt. Forest Of Your Problems runs the gamut of modern woodwose emotions. In this neat human approximation of the forest, it’s an increasingly knotted affair. Despite all of this, Snapped Ankles haven’t lost their innate ability to make you want to move your feet - their Teutonic forest rhythms are still shot through with post-punk lightning. Whether they’re exploring those opportunities which might arise when a Nigerian prince emails out of the blue on ‘The Evidence’, or referencing the crooked woodwose attempting to go straight on ‘Rhythm Is Our Business’, this is music to lose your inhibitions to. The moments of pure elation on ‘Shifting Basslines Of The Cornucopians’ are worth the admission price alone - “It’s a great time to be alive!” … apparently. The Leaf Label CD | LP Pre-Order
Craven Faults Enclosures This mini-album is Craven Faults’s second vinyl release on The Leaf Label. Thirty-seven minutes of music over three epic tracks - longform analogue electronic journeys across the north of England. Presented in full bleed monochrome sleeve with obi strip and limited to 300 copies on black vinyl + download code. Enclosures follows Craven Faults’ debut album Erratics & Unconformities. These 37 minutes of music are the start of the next journey. New terrain and more refined methods of travel. Dark clouds gathering. We’re out of the blocks quickly. German engineering carries us swiftly across the moors on a Saturday night rendezvous. Two almost identical mushroom shaped rocks are the destination. There’s evidence of previous rituals carried out. Two hours due north we go in search of the power source. Cascading. An experiment in performance over a fixed point. Tape loops recorded in 1967 at The Philadelphia College of Art. Woodwind purchased from a charity shop in Yeadon. The concept of work was forgotten. We’re back on the millstone grit of the Mid Craven Fault for an exercise in simplification. Familiar territory. Sometimes the theory isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and there’s still power in hammering a single note over two chords – a lesson learnt from the American South in the late 40s and early 50s and boiled down in the late 60s. Olympic Sound Studios, April 1967. The Hit Factory, April 1969. The Leaf Label 12"
The Comet Is Coming Prophecy Limited repress of The Comet is Coming's debut EP on Leaf. The Leaf Label 12"
Keeley Forsyth Debris [LRS20] This is an exclusive and limited 'Love Record Stores 2020 - Independent Albums Of The Year' release and will be available to order from 6:00pm on Saturday 5th December, strictly one per customer. The songs comprising Keeley Forsyth’s debut, are, she states simply, “like blocks of metal that drop from the sky”. Minimal arrangements place that elemental voice front and centre. Nerves are quietly frayed over its running time; an intimate document of personal change, we’re held in limbo until the final note is left to ring. Debris explores the darker corners of domestic life, balancing the need to create with the responsibilities that come with a family, a partner and a career. Seismic ruptures behind closed doors. “There was a lot going on in my life that was heavy and hard,” she adds. “Songs were made under that moment.” Born and raised in Oldham in the north-west of England, Forsyth first made her name as an actor. Her enigmatic voice is so indelible even she is sometimes provoked to refer to it as a third person, like the characters she’s inhabited as an actor, this time populating songs sharing tales of the high and low tides, of freedom and entrapment, and of hard-won triumphs. “They’ve been in my mind for a while,” she concludes. “I have sung them to my children, and at home alone, and making this album has been an opportunity for me to discover the voice and being who sings these songs. It has changed me, and will continue to. I recognise my life again.” With sparse arrangements by pianist and composer Matthew Bourne and producer Sam Hobbs, Keeley Forsyth’s music is centred around a singular, emotionally raw and magnetic vocal delivery The first single ‘Debris’ was accompanied by an evocative video directed by Maxine Peake Maxine also gave ‘Debris’ its first radio play on BBC 6 Music ‘Start Again’ found its way onto the BBC 6 Music playlist For fans of Nico, Scott Walker, Aldous Harding, Karen Dalton, Susanna & The Magical Orchestra, Jenny Hval, PJ Harvey, Cat Power, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Fever Ray A magnetic and intuitive live performer Forsyth has toured with Julian Cope and Ben Watt, and will return to the stage in 2021 – including a Queen Elizabeth Hall show with The Leaf Label LP
Craven Faults Erratics & Unconformities [LRS20] This is an exclusive and limited 'Love Record Stores 2020 - Independent Albums Of The Year' release and will be available to order from 6:00pm on Saturday 5th December, strictly one per customer. Love Record Stores exclusive double black vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve with 20-page 12” square photography booklet to mark Erratics & Unconformities’ inclusion in LRS’s Albums of the Year campaign. Limited to 250 copies. The Leaf Label LP