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LEAFBLADE

Prog Folk • United Kingdom


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Danny Cavanagh formed LEAFBLADE in 2003 as a vehicle for promoting the songwriting of fellow band member Sean Jude. The two met in the early 90s while Cavanagh was touring with his band ANATHEMA and appeared with Jude's band VALLE CRUCIS.

The group's sound is rooted in acoustic instrumentation and folk-inspired, poetic lyrics. The core of Cavanagh, Jude, Kevin Murphy and Pete Gilchrist have produced several studio albums and a live recording to-date.

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4.05 | 20 ratings
Beyond, Beyond
2009
3.98 | 24 ratings
The Kiss of Spirit and Flesh
2013
3.50 | 6 ratings
The Goddess With Child
2020

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4.00 | 2 ratings
In Athens
2007

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4.00 | 2 ratings
To the Moonlight
2006

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3.98 | 24 ratings

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Leafblade Prog Folk

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4 stars Danny and Sean are back with another solid effort of ANATHEMA-like Prog Folk. I'm glad: I love the voice and vocal arrangements these guys put out there.

Line-up / Musicians: - Daniel Cardoso / drums, percussion - Danny Cavanagh / bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards - Sean Jude / acoustic guitar, classical guitar, poetry, vocals - Kevin Murphy / bass

1. "Bethlehem" (8:28) Good song with the final minute being the highlight for me. Interesting lyrics. (16.75/20) 2. "The Hollow Hills" (6:47) (12.5/15) 3. "Sunset Hypnos" (5:23) cool NEIL YOUNG- and DAVE MASON-like feel. (9/10) 4. "Fuchsia" (2:37) nice little classical guitar duet. (4.5/5) 5. "Oak Machine" (8:01) an absolutely stunningly beautiufl and haunting song with amazingly sensitive multi-track vocal harmony from Sean. One of my favorite songs of 2013. (14/15) 6. "Thirteen" (6:54) (12.75/15) 7. "Beneath a Woodland Moon" (4:40) (8/10) 8. "Portrait" (10:56) an attempt at a kind of liturgical Gentle Giant vocal arrangement for the first four minutes, then the electric rock instruments enter and change everything (thought there is still a SIMON & GARFUNKLE sound and feel). At the six-minute mark it slows back down for a bit--very pretty--but then goes full ANATHEMA at 7:10. The repetitive vocal and two-chord fabric that ensues goes on for a full two minutes before finally breaking at 9:00. Classical guitar over ANATHEMA atmospherics sets up a section with some very delicate, breathy slow vocals--just a few words recapitulating the opening motif and lyrics--to the end. Gorgeous finish. The rest is kind of all over the place. Still, a good song and a great ending to the album. (17.5/20)

Total time: 53:46

B/four stars; a solid album of atmospheric Prog Folk that is certainly recommended for all lovers of the sub-genre. Sean Jude's voice and vocal arrangements alone are worth checking out--though the impeccable Cavanagh touch to this production is also impressive.

Thanks to ClemofNazareth for the artist addition. and to NotAProghead for the last updates

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