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Electric Leaves makes music and lives in Santa Cruz, California. We are Art Emanuel (drums, glockenspiel and piano) and Luke David (keyboards and guitars and voice). We’ve made two albums of electronic-influenced Indie Rock and been honing our live sound. Letting our interest in the sound of vintage synthesizers and even hip-hop drum-sounds, and most recently experimenting with pop conventions, we’ve been recording and playing live sets for two years as Electric Leaves.
During the daytime Luke teaches Literature to high schoolers. Art works on band stuff and drinks coffee. He also wears a very black leather jacket most of the time. At night and on the weekends the two of us work on music.
Apple is a concept album about a young man who wakes in New York City and doesn’t know who or where he is. He has amnesia. This scares him tremendously. We tried to avoid electric guitars on this recording in favor of synthesizers, samples, and found sounds.
Human Figures, the second recording we’ve released, is a 7 song EP that is more song-oriented. It is dry drums, reverby keyboards and guitars, and a baritone voice. At points it sounds like Nick Drake covering Sparklehorse with some of the members from Arcade Fire helping out on some songs. A milky-sounding brown-colored reverb box was used on most of the songs. We found it at the flea market for 7 dollars. We go to the market pretty much every Saturday morning. Luke likes to hear the crazy people talk about politics and theology. Art usually makes comments under his breath about pricing.
Our live set has taken various forms and has included a variety of musicians from local bands. Now we play as a two-piece with the help of a laptop computer that sequences beats and blips and some synthesizers too. In our sets we try to be seamless, with one song flowing into the next. Each set includes either a new song or a new arrangement of an old one. We feel like people deserve variety. Plus we like it.