“Hello Sunlight” is the newest release from Brooklyn Psych-Folk band, Wild Leaves. This collection of four songs is a follow-up to last year’s debut, “Wind & Rain,” an EP described as ”Illustrious (Obscure Sound)” and “wonderfully mellow and beautifully harmonized (Vivid Lagoon)”. Here, the band’s characteristic sun-drenched harmonies and kaleidoscopic guitar lines take center stage, ringing out with a sense of urgency that reverberates across the American landscape.  

Recorded live to tape over three days at Saltlands Studio in Brooklyn, New York, the album was Engineered and mixed by Robert Mallory (Paul McCartney, Kings of Leon) and mastered by Matthew Agoglia (Spoon, Wavves).

Wild Leaves are five friends who moved from the midwest to Brooklyn, together. That distance is reflected in their songs. Their sound is something nostalgic, something with history–like a record rediscovered in your attic.  The soaring harmonies, assertive rhythm section, and shimmering electric guitars have drawn comparisons to the west coast sounds of The Byrds, CSNY, & Jefferson Airplane. Yet, there is something still distinctly relevant to today–like the sound of a memory not yet lost.

After releasing “Wind & Rain” in March 2013, the band established themselves at the forefront of the New York folk scene. Their powerful live performances earned them showcases at NXNE,  CMJ and Midpoint Music Festival as well as a series of tours up and down the east coast. 

These four songs are a product of their time on the road. The title is an acknowledgement of the mysteries held beyond the horizon and an implication that the band is stepping out to seek what’s on the other side. The overall sound is driving, characterized by it’s contrast of light and dark. Light is a soft glow in the distance. Shadows abound. 

The album artwork, shot by Dusdin Condren (War on Drugs, Phosphorescent, Sharon Van Etten), explores the theme further–inside of a 200 year old barn on the Hudson River, where cracks in the ancient beams allow sunlight to pour in, illuminating an otherwise pitch dark space.

Hello Sunlight will be available October 1st as CD and Digital Release