Picked up by Late Night Tales Label – home to the Late Night Tales series, featuring artists including The Cinematic Orchestra, Nils Frahm and Four Tet – Leifur James released his debut album in October 2018 on their sister label, Night Time Stories, also home to Texan three piece, Khruangbin.
Leifur’s debut fuses ambient electronica, jazz, classical and soul music, a recording process which was over a 2 year period. ‘A Louder Silence’ has attracted support from Pitchfork, Mixmag, KEXP, XLR8R, Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM and BBC Radio 6 Music DJs - Mixmag 8/10, Future Music UK Album of the Month 9/10, Electronic Sound 9/10.
‘Wurlitzer’ is the first piece of music he reveals from a new creative period after those sessions. The video was created by animator/director Balázs Simon, premiering on Boiler Room and has been nominated for the BMVA Berlin Music Video Awards alongside Jon Hopkins Singularity in the experimental music category. The result is ravishing 4 minutes of piano-fused electronica haunted by ecological currents. Watch the Wurlitzer (Official Music Video) on Boiler Room 4:3
With a debut sold out European Tour and live performance with Pantha Du Prince at the Barbican Hall in January 2019, Leifur brings both his solo electronic and live instrumental show to Nova Batida, We Out Here, Naked City, Inner City Electronic, Bluedot and The Great Escape festivals this summer.
KEXP — "An evocative set of spacious, cerebral, nuanced electronic grooves"
MIXMAG — "A subtle album that draws you further and further into an intimate world"
XLR8R — "A fascinating and shapeshifting debut"