Posts tagged ‘Gold Leaves’

October 15, 2012

The Best Seattle Shows of the Week [October 15]

With City Arts Fest right around the corner, Seattleites are faced with an embarrassment of riches this week. To help you narrow down the options, here are our top picks.

10/16 (Tuesday) – Jason Lytle (Grandaddy) @ Barboza

The once and future Grandaddy frontman plays a new crop of beautiful, often heart-wrenching songs about the promise of rebirth, technology’s impact on society, fading memories of failed relationships.

10/18 (Thursday) – Absolute Monarchs @ Chop Suey

Absolute Monarchs, which many know as the other band featuring Joel from the muscularly dexterous, critically-acclaimed Seattle duo My Goodness, plays the finest high-energy distortion-driven rock your likely to hear all week.

10/18 (Thursday) – Gold Leaves @ The Crocodile

Seattleite Grant Olsen’s band that manages to create a sound that recalls simpler times with enough flourishes to firmly root itself in the here and now.

10/19 (Friday) – Ravenna Woods @ The Crocodile

Percussive, rhythmically dynamic acoustic rock from always entertaining Seattleites.

10/20 (Saturday) – Lost in the Trees @ The Crocodile

With frontman Ari Picker’s formal training in cinematic scoring, Lost in the Trees is a unique band that takes the incorporation of orchestral elements to a new level.

10/21 (Sunday) – Freelance Whales @ Chop Suey

While the band still leans heavily on keyboard-driven pop, Freelance Whales explore their darker side. The new singles are much more commanding and rich than their delicate, pretty predecessors off Weathervanes.

July 22, 2012

CHBP: Top Picks for Day 3

Today’s best sets are below. Enjoy it as this might just be the end of CHBP as we know it!

Gold Leaves | 3:30 pm • Barboza Stage

Seattleite Grant Olsen’s band that manages “to create a sound that recalls simpler times with enough flourishes to firmly root itself in the here and now.” [SEAliveMUSIC]

Kris Orlowski | 5:00 pm • Vera Stage

We’ve previously described Kris Orlowski’s music as “a classic recipe for great jams that will remind you of carefree summer days around a campfire with your best friends.”

Phantogram | 6:10 pm • Main Stage

Indie pop powerhouse Phantogram combine dreamy vocals with steady beats and melodic keys, which makes them a festival favorite. And if you like ice cream almost as much as you like music, stop by the Bluebird Microcreamery cart near the front entrance to try their Phantogram-cracker flavor, created especially for this show. We can’t decide if you’ll be more excited about the band or the ice cream!

Porcelain Raft | 9:00 pm • Neumos Stage

London-based musician Mauro Remiddi (a.k.a. Porcelain Raft)plays the type of gauzy dream-pop that will no doubt be hit for Block Partyers wanting to enjoy an atmospheric set that falls somewhere between Youth Lagoon’s Friday set and Grimes’ Saturday set.

RA Scion | 9:45 pm • Barboza Stage

While best known as one half of Common Market, or perhaps known by the pseudonym Victor Shade, RA Scion has become legendary for his lyrical talents since he began writing his own rhymes and rapping more than 20 years ago.


Yukon Blonde | 7:10 pm • Vera Stage

Previously, we’ve described Yukon Blonde as “a group Northern neighbors who happen to play some of the finest Canyon Rock that’s hit our ears for years.”

Grand Archives | 8:30 pm • Barboza Stage

While they’ve only been in existence for about five years, Grand Archives is one those bands that has roots that have been a part of the Seattle scene forever. Picking up right where frontman Mat Brooke’s work with Band of Horses and Carissa’s Wierd left off, the band’s thoughtful lyrics, delicate harmonies and country-tinged instrumentation have a timeless quality.

February 17, 2012

For His Next Trick, Damien Jurado Reinvents Himself, Releases Album Tonight at Neptune

Soon after hearing Damien Jurado‘s new album Maraqopa, we thought to ourselves at what point would, or more likely had, Jurado tired of hearing some variation of the line “it turns out, old dogs can learn new tricks.” It is a sentiment, which is no doubt an overwhelmingly positive one, that has shown up in just about every article/post, conversation or off-hand critique we’ve seen, heard or witnessed, respectively.

Taking off from the comparatively subtle shift to baroque pop in his last album, Saint Bartlett, Maraqopa takes the surprise and wonder of unexpected reinvention a few flights higher by embracing a darker, psychedelic sound. Though not available to purchase until next Tuesday, the album is available as a stream on The A.V. Club. For the live experience, head over to the U-District tonight for the highly-anticipated album release show.

Jurado has enlisted the support of some pretty amazing openers, too. Grant Olsen’s Gold Leaves combines lush orchestration and quite possibly “one of the most flat-out pretty voices in contemporary indie rock.” As we said in our Gold Leaves interview from a few months back, Olsen and his fellow collaborators manage to create a sound that recalls simpler times with enough flourishes to firmly root itself in the here and now.

Bryan John Appleby, the Seattle-based purveyor of “indie-folk tinged Americana” and star of what is quite possibly Christian Sorensen Hansen’s most visually stunning video yet, will be kicking off the evening.

2/17 Damien Jurado / Gold Leaves / Bryan John Appleby @ Neptune Theatre :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: Tickets are $15 :: All Ages

September 1, 2011

Beyond “The Silver Lining”: An Interview with Grant Olsen of Gold Leaves

Having written about local and national bands for some time now, we’ve seen hundreds if not thousands of buzz bands come and go. While quite a few leave us wondering what all the hype is about, a small percentage not only live up to but manage to surpass the high bar often set by fellow music bloggers and the “music community” at large.

As you’ve no doubt figured out, Grant Olsen’s Gold Leaves falls into the latter camp. Combining lush orchestration and quite possibly “one of the most flat-out pretty voices in contemporary indie rock,” Olsen and his fellow collaborators manage to create a sound that recalls simpler times with enough flourishes to firmly root itself in the here and now.

As we’re always wary of hyperbole, we’ll cut our own ramblings short and turn to a great conversation we were able to have with Grant in advance of tonight’s album release at The Croc tonight. Be sure to get there earlier as SEA live MUSIC favorites Joseph Giant and Kevin Murphy of The Moondoggies open.

What prompted you to start setting aside songs for something other than Arthur & Yu? Was it a conscious decision to do something different or was it more that the songs, once created, pushed you in the direction of a side project?

I think it was probably closer to the latter. We tried out some of these songs in Arthur & Yu and they weren’t feeling right in that band for a few different reasons. Mostly, it was just that these songs were a bit more 1st person and more personal and Sonya graciously encouraged me to record some of this on my own and try to make Arthur & Yu something more collaborative. It makes sense to want to feel connected to something if you’re going to go broke in a van for a handful of months why playing these songs every night. Anyway, we’re trying to make that work in Arthur & Yu and I think it’ll make for a second record that we’re both really happy with.

You’ve got quite a list of collaborators. How did you decide who from your talented group of friends would play what on the album?

Well, it was more begging and pleading than deciding really! I didn’t have a lot to compensate everyone and I still owe a few major favors for sure. As far as vocals go, some of them we did early to fit into everyone’s schedule. There were some things that we had to scrap because we didn’t have the proper time to get them right. I regret that a bit. I would’ve liked to get Amy Blaschke on the record more but we’ll have to make it up on the next one. As far as instruments go, Jason and I just kind of hopped around the studio and tried stuff out for some of the more open-ended overdubs. Jason’s take won most of the time. He’s pretty good.

What’s been the most surprising reaction you’ve heard or read about Gold Leaves since The Ornament first debuted?

The comparisons are always interesting. Usually they get piggybacked on, like one week a few will say that I’m aping Richard Hawley and the next week Ian McCullough, or I’ve even heard M. Ward, which is weird, and lots of others. I guess what’s interesting is that I’ve never listened much to any of those guys. I was happy that I got introduced to Richard Hawley’s music that way and I have an Echo and the Bunnymen record somewhere that I’ll probably listen to differently now. And I think it’s all totally fair and so far that’s good company really.

Tiny Mix Tapes’ review of The Ornament noted that it is a “cerebral piece.” Where did you draw your inspiration for this album in particular?

I haven’t read that, but they could be right that it’s more cerebral than visceral and I’m not sure if that was the intention or if that will be the goal for the next record. I haven’t really thought of that. I think I’m sometimes drawn to more abstract ideas in other peoples’ writing and that might come through in some of my lyrics. I like associative phrases and those are a little more personally interpretive, which is maybe where “cerebral” came from. A lot of the inspiration really came from my brain failing me and coming to terms with the shabby mind I’ve been given. A lot of the record deals with the fleeting and failing of memory, and some of it deals with embracing the question marks as well.

How will your 9/1 show differ from your set at the mural stage other than the lack of abundant fresh air and impressive views?

Well, I’m hoping it will be a lot better! I think it will. We really spread ourselves out from hearing each other at that Mural show. That was my fault and inexperience I think. But it was a really fun day and we were honored to be asked to play for KEXP.

For the Croc on Thursday, we have a lot of old and new friends coming up on the stage that night. Bill Patton is going to play the pedal steel on some stuff. Jaclyn Shumate is playing strings on a couple songs. Those rehearsals have been really fun. The Moondoggies guys are playing on the set some and Kevin Murphy is opening that show. I’m really looking forward to it.

What’s your favorite Seattle venue to play and what’s your favorite Seattle venue to attend a show?

I really like the Jewel Box at the Rendezvous for both, actually. Columbia City Theater is a great place too and I hope they stick around. I’m actually really excited to play the Crocodile. I know people have had a hard time with the remodel, but I like it. That Charllote Gainsbourg show a while ago was one of the best shows I’ve seen in Seattle and it made me really want to play there. I hope people come out.

What’s next for you, Gold Leaves and Arthur & Yu this year?

My goal is to get that Arthur & Yu record done. There are some songs I’m really excited about. I actually really think there will be some more Gold Leaves songs recorded by the end of the year as well. I’ve said that all before though, but the clouds are coming in again and pretty soon I plan on not coming out of the house until it’s done.

9/1 Gold Leaves / Kevin Murphy (of The Moondoggies) / Joseph Giant @ The Crocodile :: $8 :: Doors at 8 p.m.

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