By Christiana Bartolini | August 20th, 2011
Gold Leaves is a beautiful new creation by Seattle-based singer/songwriter Grant Olsen (of Arthur & Yu fame). Their new full-length, The Ornament, dropped this week, and I recommend you pick yourself up a copy. This album is so easy to get swept away in; it’s ethereal, reflective, and uplifting. Think Fleet Foxes meets Devendra Banhart.
As I listen to this album, it’s easy to pick up on the well-constructed mesh of old and new influences. It’s a classic vintage folk-modern indie rock sandwich and it is delicious! There is a handful of instruments that define this band — piano, guitar, tambourine, and drums (and even a little violin). Simple enough, right? Nah. Gold Leaves compliments their entire sound with a bellowing reverb that intertwines every instrument and vocal and vibrating hum to create a whirlwind of lush, elevating songs that easily help you float from one track to the next.
“Orchestral” is one word that may define this band perfectly. They have a true talent of developing simple yet intriguing songs which never remain too repetitive. This entire album is tastefully constructed and executed. The lyrics are poetic, the harmonies are wistfully hypnotizing. Every one of these songs has a story to tell. The substance in which this album holds isn’t something that comes easily, but Gold Leaves makes it sound as though they’ve been doing this for decades.