Light Green Leaves (KLP139)
After completing the "Wonder Trilogy" of albums (The Wonder City, Discover Worlds of Wonder [KLP154], and Wonderue [KLP134]) Kyle Field launched his next trilogy all in one fell swoop. This new Little Wings album, Light Green Leaves, is actually three albums in one: each format (CD, LP, CS) is a separate set of recordings, three versions with three perspectives, different recording situations and even different songs/versions on each format. Of course it is all pure Kyle. The CD version was recorded by Kyle at "the Birdnest" (his former house in Portland, Ore.) with a cast of Portland and California characters. The LP version was recorded at Dub Narcotic studio with Phil Elvrum (the Microphones), Adam Forkner (Yume Bitsu/White Rainbow), Calvin Johnson, Khaela Maricich (the Blow, providing spiritual guidance) and others. The Cassette version was recorded directly to cassette in various locations: cars, campgrounds, bedrooms, etc.
Light Green Leaves creates a new dense canopy of foliage using layers and versions of songs as a physical metaphor. The birth-life-death cycles are represented and seen through the variations, an aerial view with a phantom presence. Light Green Leaves displays all the power and whimsy of the Kyle Field/Little Wings universe in shocking clarity. Once you enter that universe, there is no escape, you will voraciously devour the entire Little Wings oeuvre.
Wonderue is a proud piece of west coast Americana culture. When the album gets intimate, which is often, with only stripped down guitars, a naked voice and sparse percussion, you can almost see a man in front of you with an old broken down guitar and worn out shoes…but the fun thing is that, even though it is mostly acoustic, the album is filled with clever production tricks and it sounds like they recorded the instruments in different ways on nearly all the songs; they also have fun with the song arrangements, with piano, xylophone, old analog synthesizers, drum machines, hand-clapping, horns, etc. It all sounds very modern and yet there is a vintage and traditional element present. Mikhail Capone, Music Machine