In anticipation of Low Leaf’s latest album – which actually sees its release today, but I’ll have to write about it next week– I’ve been going on a binge through her brief but incredibly promising catalogue, and truthfully I can’t think of a better time of year to do it: naturally, when I walked outside to reasonably warm weather for the first time this year following a particularly chilly winter, angelic harps started playing in my head, and somewhere in the breeze, a mystical spirit tiptoed forward, guiding me to greet the newly reborn flora, the trees lush with a new weave of leaves, the air relieved of its bite and healing to the touch, the selfless warmth of the sun releasing its rays upon the earth like confetti – okay, it was only like 50 degrees that day – fellow Midwesterners might empathize with my false euphoria. Still, the sentiment stands: the world beyond the computer and beyond modern amenities wields both vast wonderment and incredibly thorough spiritual wealth, and it is beautifully captured and celebrated through the music of Low Leaf.
As a multi-instrumentalist (and damn talented one at that), Low Leaf’s sound and ambition travel on a steady, purposeful course via the meditation that is music. Her sound has been fairly dynamic over the course of her albums up to this point, utilizing everything from hip-hop beats to her characteristic harp, from graceful soul to textured electronic music, and she has journeyed quite a ways from her 2011 EP Chrysalis. Despite this, her primary instrument has remained her harp, which she handles with a whimsical, almost magical finesse (fun fact: she provides that sweet harp on Flying Lotus’ Cosmogramma), though she rarely goes without her electronic sound pallet either. Both of these core tools are used to fashion a sound that is both in touch with traditional musicianship, but also not allergic to the vibrant potential a computer holds as well. She has swung in both directions throughout her albums, with focus on folksy harp songs on Alchemizing Dawn and a tug on the hip-hop end of the rope with GiGA GAiA.
Constantly in the midst of flowing effortlessly from one idea to the next and pursuing them with a genuine appetite for creation and musing, her music is the kind that doesn’t take much of a shine to sitting still. “Generally, I try to make sure that my intentions are pure as to why I’m creating what I’m trying to say at the time. These days my aim is to spread something honest, spread love, awareness, and consciousness, and to spark something new to whoever may be receiving the sound. I like when music is visual and takes me to a place that I’ve never been before”, she shares in an interview with grungecake [[http://grungecake.com/interview-low-leaf/]], in which reveals one of her most formidable aspects as an artist: her lucid vision. She possesses a bohemian-like free-spiritedness and a spiritually-engaged mind, which she earnestly crafts her music with. Though this dynamic sound sometimes moves along a bit too fast for a particular idea to fully blossom, that certainly hasn’t kept my ears from being pried open when new Low Leaf material comes about. In fact, by the time you read this I’ll probably have drowned in the mystique of AKASHAALAY.
Get AKASHAALAY here (as well as her previous albums for name-your-price)