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Leaves : Reykjavik Kari
Leaves already sound like a band to fall in love with
Impossibly fresh-faced with a Beck lookalike singer, Arnar Gudjonsson, they sound as claustrophobic, beautiful and plain mystifying as the scenery of their homeland. Forthcoming single 'Catch' has the Saturday night swagger of classic Suede, 'Suppose' is a plaintive acoustic sigh while the epic wail of 'Silence' singlehandedly plots Leaves' path to stadium glory. All the while, Arnar attacks his guitar with a tense conviction that makes him mesmerising to watch, though he actually does little. It's entertainment enough to wonder how such a spectacularly forceful voice comes from such an unassuming body. And why on earth such an affecting, important band still remain largely a secret.
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