Mynd by Tiny Leaves

Release date: July 14, 2023
Label: Self-Released

If you are aware that an album is a musical impression of the Shropshire countryside, the first thing that would probably come to mind is some sort of new-age-ish aural wallpaper.

And, yes, that is how composer/multi-instrumentalist Tiny Leaves, aka Joel Pike, describes his latest album Mynd.

Ok, it is not an album that bursts with kinetic energy, but at the same time, it is definitely not aural wallpaper in any respect of that term.


Like many a modern composer, Pike combines the elements of post-modern classical music (here, acoustic piano and strings) and ambient electronics, and as is usually the case, it all hinges on the ability and inventiveness of the composer/player to effectively combine these elements without them sounding line an oil and water combination.

On the evidence of Mynd, Pike has both the ability and inventiveness in abundance to carry him through something that could have been just a mundane musical impression.

He also used some unconventional recording techniques, like a custom biodata kit (Midi Sprout), crafted by his brother, and linked this to Korg VolcaFM synth and an old zoom HN2 mic, to sample the landscape directly. The results were, often, like on the album closer ‘Together, Alder’, quite mesmerising.

Essentially, on Mynd, Pike could utilise both his composing skills and inventiveness of his ‘mynd’ to rise above ‘a simple’ ambient album.

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