The Leaf Label has been sniffing out unusual beauties from the fringes of folk, electronica, pop, classical and other in-between zones for a full two decades now, and to celebrate that milestone they’re releasing a deluxe box set.
The “extremely limited” Leaf 20 box set features 10 landmark albums from the back catalogue spread across 14 pieces of white vinyl wrapped in hand-printed paper covers. The box also contains the 10 albums on CD, plus a fold-out catalogue artwork poster, a limited edition print, and liner notes by music writer and journalist Rob Young.
The box set will only be available through a pre-order on Pledge Music (shipping on December 7) but those 10 albums will also be reissued on regular black vinyl with bonus CDs and available internationally through record shops and online from early next year.
“Most of the selected albums have been out of print on vinyl for many years, and the choices have been driven in part via a Leaf online poll,” says the label. “They are spread across the years and begin to reflect the length, breadth and consistent quality of the label’s output in that time.”
As well as much-loved albums by Caribou, Colleen, Efterklang, Asa-Chang & Junray, A Hawk And A Hacksaw and Polar Bear, the collection includes the first LP pressing of Wildbirds & Peacedrums’ Rivers, a reissue of Murcof’s 2002 masterpiece Martes, and the late Susumu Yokota’s 2000 ambient classic Sakura, while Melt Yourself Down’s 2013 debut album is the most recent record included.
To coincide with the 20th anniversary celebrations, Leaf has announced a string of live shows in London and Leeds featuring Polar Bear, Melt Yourself Down and more, and the label has even put together a playlist of its finest moments – tune in below and see the dates underneath.
Sunday Nov 15 – Polar Bear + James Holden – Brixton Electric, London
Wednesday Nov 25 – The Comet Is Coming – Shacklewell Arms, London
Thursday Nov 26 – Melt Yourself Down – Bussey Building, Peckham, London
Friday Nov 27 – Melt Yourself Down – Headrow House, Leeds
Wednesday Dec 2 – Polar Bear – Headrow House, Leeds
Thursday Dec 3 – Matthew Bourne + Tom Rogerson – Headrow House, Leeds
Box set albums:
Susumu Yokota – Sakura
Asa-chang & Junray – Jun Ray Song Chang
Murcof – Martes + Utopía
Caribou – Up In Flames
Colleen – Everyone Alive Wants Answers
A Hawk And A Hacksaw – The Way The Wind Blows
Efterklang – Parades
Polar Bear – Peepers
Wildbirds & Peacedrums – Rivers
Melt Yourself Down – Melt Yourself Down