The Leaf Label has been a hot spot for beautiful releases from new and incredible artists and bands for many years, from Susumu Yokota and Murcof to Jherek Bischoff and Colleen. The label is on a roll this year, with excellent releases already out or on the way from the likes of Snapped Ankles, Laurence Pike and LWW. Extraordinary trio Szun Waves, made up of Laurence Pike, Luke Abbott and Jack Willie, are the latest addition to their impressive roster, with news of their second album emerging this week. Entitled New Hymn To Freedom, it follows their 2016 debut At Sacred Walls and arrives on August 31st. With no edits nor overdubs, and featuring six live improvisations, the upcoming album finds the trio “in a place of pure spontaneity”, as the press release describes. Accomplished musicians in their own right, Pike, Abbott and Willie’s various experiences and influences is what informs and influences one another. “It still feels to me like a mystical adventure when we play,” said Abbott, “but there’s a musical language developing between us, we’re starting to make more sense together.”
August may seem like a long way away but we can already hear the phenomenal ‘Constellation’. Serving as the record’s first single, it only heightens our anticipation for what is to come. ‘Constellation’ is being offered with a video directed by Sam Wiehl. Watch it now.
To celebrate the release of New Hymn To Freedom, Szun Waves are playing at London’s Space Gallery on August 30th.