Brooklyn-bred A Great Big Pile of Leaves deals in 90’s tinged indie-rock that is brainy yet accessible. Founded by Pete Weiland and Tyler Soucy in 2007, the band expanded to include Tucker Yaro, writing and recording as a trio since the release of their self-produced and self-released debut album Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex? in 2010 - which was largely distributed via free download on the band’s website.
In 2013 A Great Big Pile of Leaves signed with Topshelf Records for the release of their Ed Ackerson (The Replacements, The Jayhawks) produced sophomore LP You’re Always On My Mind, which debuted across five Billboard charts and garnered critical acclaim from Pitchfork, NYLON, Stereogum, BrooklynVegan, Noisey, WNYC/NPR and more.
Produced by A Great Big Pile of Leaves and recorded primarily at their home studio, new album Pono was mixed by touring guitarist Matthew Weber at Gradwell House Recording and mastered by Dave Downham (Beach Slang, Into It. Over It.). With eight years between releases, the band recalls how the recording process of Pono felt like they were making their first record, adding “we worked at our own pace with no preconceived notion of what it needed to be.”
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"This is meticulous, sophisticated music about living as casually as possible."
"With its nostalgic gaze toward adolescence, Pono sounds nonchalant but never careless. The memories feel precise and purposeful..."
"In the eight years since AGBPOL's last album, almost nobody else tried to channel this sound... ...for the few bands who did try, nobody made it sound as effortlessly cool as AGBPOL do on Pono."
"...Pono overflows with a warm, wistful longing for simpler times... ...consistently satisfying rock with shades of math and emo, never tipping too far in any one direction."
"...a distinct personality defined by catchy guitar hooks, sentimental lyrics, and unique time signatures..."
"On their new album Pono, the trio delivers an intricate genre-bending experiment that incorporates everything from jazz to math rock, reveling in reverb-soaked guitars and ethereal harmonies."
"This is more than feel-good music. This is music that understands exactly what you’re going through, and proceeds to explain why everything is going to be alright."
“Hit Reset” is pure sonic refreshment. With its balance of intricate guitar work and breezy vocals, every note is an invitation to escape the mundane and dive into sun-kissed bliss."
"'You’re Always On My Mind' is a cohesive pop-rock album that sees the band in top form."