Daylight Versions is the debut full-length album from London quintet The Leaf Library, due out on 30 October via wiaiwya. The record is full of wonderfully woozy, drone-pop tunes about meteorology, the seasons and the incoming sea; from songs about the ghostly Suffolk coastline to the slowly rising waters of London marshes.
Lyrically, Daylight Versions moves away from cities and buildings of their early work and towards the outdoors, the coast, the weather and the sea, with recurring themes of water and flooding (“Acre”, “Sailing Day”, “Pushing/Swmming”), as well as the seasons (“Tilting”, “Slow Spring”, “Summer Moon”). Much of the album was inspired by visits to Suffolk and The Lake District, viewed through the prism of literary influences such as Rings of Saturn by WG Sebald, a travelogue of Norfolk and Suffolk full of weird and wonderful digressions, as well as The Old Ways by long-time Caught by the River contributor Robert Macfarlane, a lyrical and poetic book on old paths and routes around England and Scotland.
The new video for the song “Tilting” was filmed on Walthamstow marshes, an area that crops up thematically throughout the record. The initial brief suggested the themes of stillness to movement, dream to daylight, and nature to manmade. The finished film tells a story, taking the viewer on a journey from the first blinks of waking through to eventually reconnecting with the day. Watch the video below:
(video: Matt Bowron)
The Leaf Library play a free acoustic show on 25 October at The Betsey Trotwood, London. They will also be launching ‘Daylight Versions’ with a headline show at The Lexington on 22 November. For more information, visit the band’s Facebook page.