Sometimes a record comes along that is a wonderful anomaly that really is all about the music. Silver Leaf recently appeared on the radar via obscuro diggers on both sides of the Atlantic and landed with a Hey! What is known about Silver Leaf, beyond that it was a short-lived mid-80s project out of Cincinnati, Ohio, is that it features ex-Zephyr keyboardist John Faris, working alongside the mysterious vocalist Silvia Leaf. The difference between the blues and occasional psychedelic rock of early 70s Boulder, Colorado’s Zephyr and the lo-fi recordings of Silver Leaf are striking, but in Hey! and Can We Rebuild Our City?, the power of the ballad and strong playing of John, is wrapped in mid-80s, mid-States lo fi heaven.
Whether a non-de-plume, Ms Leaf’s searing, innocent vocals fly above John’s keys and programming. Hey!’s repetitive exhalations act like a mantra to a party, while tom’s chime in accompaniment. Here it comes!
Can We Rebuild Our City? starts with Faris’ forlorn intro before crashing percussion heads to some kind of wonderful, as Leaf questions a calls to hearts.
Releasing just 3 singles, Silver Leaf’s music is unique and essential, an experience and a delight to present.