Her songs stretch tall like pines dark with sweet prickly needles. They are stark, beautiful and chilly sweet. With this 3-song Gralbum, cellist and vocalist Leah Coloff combines Clunk (classical meets punk) with shades of cabaret, horns and old-timey stylings. The tracks are adapted from her record This Tree, available May 2014, and showcase beautiful examples of what the Gralbum platform is capable of, with rotatable 3D quilted boxes and animated oil paintings by artist Robert Lucy. The videos for the song “Deserving” are a collage of regular 8 movies from Coloff’s own childhood in America’s quickly-vanishing West. Come experience this glimpse into Leah’s world, as her voice rings clear as a bell and straight to your heart.
Run time: 13:47
Download Size: 404 MB
Produced and published by The Gralbum Collective
Released: April 2014
"Deserving" (3:32) - Regular 8 home video collage
"Ghosts" (5:25) - Rotatable 3D quilted boxes
"This Tree" (4:50) - Animated oil paintings
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Music: Leah Coloff
Art: Leah Coloff and Robert Lucy
Video and 3D: Jacob McCoy
When from the womb Leah Coloff splashed like a big pink raindrop the whole forest quivered. Albino squirrels dropped their giblets. Salmon flopped on emerald mosses. Wooden things turned furry. And somewheres in the Pacific Northwest, WA, the girl-child Leah was born and reared by a family of classical musicians and latter-day pioneers.
She was only six and had never been kissed when her parents, after observing her fondness for stems, strings and all things hairy, built her a cello, forbade her the degenerate sounds of power rock, and sent her down a road of rigorous traditional training. She went to music camp. Learned the rules and regulations. The young Leah grew and grew long saw arms with supple fingers. The great vibratory beast became an extension of her sturdy skeleton. A sentient appendage to her skilled organism.
At the advice of her elders she moved to the Big Bad East to enter the realm of high music scholarship, The New England Conservatory. She quickly won the admiration of many. But after a brief immersion in a world of recital halls stuffed with naughty academics and enema lovin’ white people, Leah became disenchanted and decided to abandon her studies. Beantown, with all its refinement, could not contain her salmon-colored heart. She grabbed her big fiddle and ninety lb. dog and moved to the wild shores of Brooklyn, NY.
Unfettered from the classical orthodoxy of her early years, Leah has now discovered her own unique songwriting gift. Whether using only cello and vocals, or bolstered by some lean-n-mean drums and guitar, Leah’s songs swim up and downstream with the greatest of ease. Her unusual arrangements illustrate a truly singular voice: one that is at once honest, sensual, funny, brutal, pissed-off, and downright loopy. She is a seasoned performer who understands both chaos and control. She can let it ride in wild jarring bursts, then shift down suddenly to produce the most delicate ear candy. It is a tasty concoction, but sometimes stings … her songs will haunt the listener like burnt petals lost in love streams.
This Tree features Mathias Kunzli on drums, was recorded by Marc Urselli at Eastside Sound, and mixed by Bryce Goggin at Trout Studios.