Talented lads, Leaves. When the Icelandic five-piece aren't scribbling down new lyrics and tunes, they're playing third-division football.... nice. But what really matters here though is not their ability to do 'keepy-uppies' or bend a free kick, but whether their slow-burning debut LP, 'Breathe', can contend with the current masters of epic and eclectic Indie (e.g. Doves, Coldplay)....
Firstly, 'Breathe' doesn't sound too dissimilar from say 'Lost Souls', or 'Parachutes'; Anar Gudjonsson's vocals occasionally nodding in the direction of Jimi Goodwin, Chris Martin, and even sometimes Mansun's Paul Draper. "So, nothing new then?" you might think, but Leaves hold a particularly splendid trump card in which cleverly-timed piano hooks and guitar melodies provide the perfect picture of a claustrophobic, yet beautiful landscape ('Breathe', 'Epitaph').
However, that's not to say that the band can't write tunes of anthemic quality. Single 'Catch', 'Crazy', and a scrumptious re-working of 'Alone In The Sun' are all bold Indie-Rockers, which slide smoothly in between the more delicate moments.
An album that reveals new delights with every play, and a satisfyingly ideal remedy for the 'rocked-out' listener... check it out.