Object Ten is a compilation of exclusive tracks by various artists and the tenth release on Objects Forever, the label run by London drone pop band The Leaf Library. The album features original pieces by new and established artists alike, including friends and collaborators past and future, as well as band members’ own side projects. The music showcases a breadth of styles, ranging from the weary pop of fellow Walthamstow band Firestations, to the celestial drones of Tiki Erie, from cracked acoustic recordings and loops to heavy, skulking electronics and space rock.
Begun as an outlet for the band’s Monument series of CDR releases, the label has so far focused on immediate family with albums from drummer Lewis and guitarist Matt, as well as the collaborative lockdown field recording project ‘Quiet House’. For the tenth release (and with a radio show of the same name to complement it) it seemed only fitting to broaden the horizon and promote some of the great music in the band’s orbit (and further afield) – a mixtape of their current favourites, alongside personal projects that expand the band’s sound.
Artists involved include anrimeal, the recording project of Ana Rita de Melo Alves, a singer and producer from Porto, who contributes the bathroom dada of 'Brush My Teeth'; producer Kristen Gallerneaux from Detroit (who previously released as Yaki_Pony on Metaphysical Powers); the dark electro pop of Pallas Athene (AKA Breanna Johnston); and Emily Mary Barnett and Bobby Barry as the percussion/electronics duo, Far Rainbow.
The Leaf Library themselves are represented by ‘Kite Beach’, a collaborative track with Japanese electronic musician Teruyuki Kurihara (Mille Plateaux/Blue Tapes), while various members’ side projects are also included. Melinda Bronstein opens the album with 'Still/Time', the first music under her own name and a preview of her forthcoming album for the label, while drummer Lewis Young contributes both the gauzy pop of Beneather's 'Maid of Eritrea' and the astral sludge riffage of Boa Resa's 'Sky Burial'. Bronstein and Young are also a part of witchy post rock trio Zonate Tooth, who contribute the spacey organ psychedelia of 'Unfold'.
Bassist Gareth Jones’ (other) band Wintergreen give us the expansive and tongue-twisting ‘The Lats Of Bikeness’, while guitarist Simon Nelson takes another trip as The Nameless Book for the brooding synth workout of ‘Hbashi Hashi’. Guitarist Matt Ashton makes an appearance as Basic Design, on a track with German spoken word artist Wolfram Wire. A long-planned collaboration, the pair first met during Matt’s tenure with Peel favourites Saloon in 1999. The lightly industrial kosmiche ‘Hey No One’ is the result.
The compilation is finished by ‘Hola (reprise)’, a minimal masterwork of slowly building electronics from the band’s saxophonist and arranger (and occasional Steven Adams And The French Drops drummer) Daniel Fordham, the first track under his own name.
released April 9, 2021
1 written and produced by Melinda Bronstein / 2 written and produced by Mike Cranny / 3 written and produced by Ana Alves (anrimeal) / 4 written and produced by Will Emms 5 written by Bobby Barry, Emily Barnett, Kandinsky (a cat) / 6 written and produced by Breanna Johnston (Pallas Athene) / 7 written and produced by Teruyuki Kurihara and The Leaf Library / 8 music and production by Lewis Young, vocals by Melinda Bronstein / 9 written and produced by Andy Keen and Simon Nelson, mixed by Simon Nelson at Studio Klank / 10 written and produced by Kristen Gallerneaux / 11 Ben Smith - bass, Lewis Young - bass / 12 written and produced by Matt Ashton and Daniel Werner / 13 written by S J Nelson, recorded at home and mixed at Studio Klank / 14 Sagar Patel - drums, Melinda Bronstein - vox + keys, Lewis Young - baritone guitar / 15 written and produced by Daniel Fordham
Front cover image: ‘9 clouds’ (2017) by Philip Newcombe
Layout by Matt Ashton
All work copyright the artists 2021
Mastered at Grimston Levelling Solutions
Thanks to all the artists involved
Thanks also to Bernie Brooks and Will Salmon
This is gorgeous and 100% setting the tone for my autumn...
Reminds me of albums I loved in the early aughts like His Name is Alive's Stars on E.S.P. and Black Box Recorder's England Made Me, both of which remind me of long autumnal road trips in Wisconsin as a teenager. Definitely a beautiful and reflective space to be encompassed by while watching the world shift.
THE PAIN GOES...