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After a series of personal travails, Grant Olsen makes his solo bow with the mysterious yet surprisingly accessible The Ornament, released under the moniker Gold Leaves. As half of the duo Arthur & Yu, this Seattle-based singer/songwriter has become known for folk-styled acoustic tunes in the ‘60s bohemian tradition. The Ornament takes this approach to the outskirts of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound, wrapping Olsen’s resonant, regret-tinged vocals in skeins of guitars and keyboards, then bathing them with cascades of echo. The results bear resemblance to M. Ward or the weirder aspects of Fleet Foxes, though these songs display their own special idiosyncrasies. Tracks like “Futures” and “Hard Feelings” have the genial lope of vintage country filtered through a psychedelic prism; “Honeymoon” is more exalted and meditative, suggested of sunrises at hippie communes. Two tracks especially stand out: “Cruel & Kind,” a dreamy character sketch with an especially poignant melody, and the title number, matching elemental imagery to rumbling percussion and ghostly organ.

Customer Reviews

Great Fall album

Gold Leaves is not Robin Pecknold of the Fleet Foxes (as the pervious reviewer states), rather it's Grant Olsen of Arthur & Yu.

Great record!


This album is soooooo good! i'm surprised that since it's the guy from fleet foxes its not higher up.

Love it, Love it, Love it

I admit, I like unique music. Well, Gold Leaves is giving me my fill. I absolutely love their sound. Okay, boys....time to sit down and work on your next project, because I want more.


Formed: Seattle, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Gold Leaves is the solo project of Grant Olsen, half of the Seattle-based folk-psych revivalist duo Arthur & Yu. Olsen, influenced by the eclectic ‘60s songcraft of performers like Fred Neil, Skip Spence, and Scott Walker, began working on his solo debut in 2007, only to return to square one after his laptop and notes were stolen. The intervening years saw many life changes for Olsen: marriage, travel abroad, and the birth and death of loved ones, lending a new perspective to the project. With the...
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