Grant Olsen was making music as one half of Seattle folk-pop duo, Arthur & Yu. With that project on hiatus he’s created Gold Leaves – it’s a sound that fans of Fleet Foxes should lap up; comfy and relaxed, not quite country, not quite folk but with enough yearning and great vocal harmonies to create a nostalgia for a sound that never actually quite existed before this but seems like it should have.
I really like Olsen’s voice and songs – and I believe him a lot more than I do so with Fleet Foxes. Where their songs of owning orchards and farming the land feel like a stretch for people who probably buy brand new cords and iron creases in to them before hacking at the hems, Olsen’s approach feels closer to a version of authenticity; about as close as we’ll get within this sound. He’s helped out too by Jason Quever of Papercuts. The new Papercuts album is one of my favourites from this year and here Quever adds just enough pop-moments to keep things moving. A lovely album then. Well worth a listen.