Nouveau Wave

Dead Leaf Echo.  The words are rich literature. Nabokov.  Conjured images of drugged passions fading into nihilistic apprehension.  An Art Project blossomed in 2008, DLE has matured rapidly since it’s birth now unveiling their unique style of Nouveau Wave.

DLE has released numerous EP’s, Singles and Remixes in addition to their noir film videos and heavy tour schedule prompting Time Out NY to call them “Some of the best live music in the city” The band played Escape to NY festival and SXSW last year on bills with The Psychedelic Furs and A Place to Bury Strangers and rocked sold out shows last year opening for 90′s shoegaze legends Chapterhouse and Ulrich Schnauss.

Dead Leaf Echo’s previous work with Ulrich Schnauss on their Pale Fire EP has now caught the attention of famed 4AD producer John Fryer (Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil) who has mixed their debut LP “Thought and Language”.  A concept album that follows the conception and birth of a child and his discovery of thought and language.

By incorporating elements of ambient, baroque, dream-pop, shoegaze, new wave, and goth, and crafting every aspect of their sound and vision, they remain one of the few left willing to work on high-art as concept.  Chiming guitars in twin stereo reverbs with shimmering vocals and silky basslines DLE runs the gamut of what is now possible within the contemporary underground by running at the forefront of the indie NYC music scene.

What the Press is Saying:

“Some of the Best Live Music in the city.” Time Out New York

“Resonates like a glass of old school Absinthe” … The Huffington Post

We love Dead Leaf Echo’s dreamy pop
The L Magazine

“A post-Romantic approach to music, fashion, even New York City itself….. is the kind of wisdom Robert Smith masterfully conjured in his prime…… Andrew Frisicano (The Deli NYC)

“I bet Phil Spector in all his deranged glory never imagined a wall of sound quite as massive and tidal as the one that these guys construct.”Jasper Coolidge-(Jenyk)

“…a confidence and a, yes, sophistication that belies their relatively new entry into the world of music.” (Somewhere Cold)

“…manages more melody and muscle than Slowdive put into its songs.” (Delusions of Adequacy)

Shoegaze fans will likely not want to let “Pale Fire”, by New Yorkers Dead Leaf Echo, slip under their radar-Michael Henaghan (Angry Ape)

Makes Chapterhouse seem subtle…..(Leonard’s Lair)

“Pale Fire” seems like a Loveless-Siamese Dream fusion……(Textura)

“Pale Fire” shares the same sort of glimmering sound like Slowdive and/or Lush…. (Built on a Weak Spot)

For those still craving the glory days of 4AD…. (Here comes the Flood)

“brings to mind 90′s bands like Lotion & Swervedriver.”…..(Burn the Bowery)

“… a band that has mastered the ability to blend multiple genres of indie rock into various pieces of cohesive art…..” Suresh Mohapatra (InsideStL)

“…painstakingly dense, meticulously constructed, and mindbendingly hypnotic….(BiBaBIDI)

“…hands down DLE’s best work yet….”(Loveless Music Group)

“..perfectly captures the spirit of the 80′s-era Beggars Banquet/4AD bands..”(Brooklyn Rocks)


Ana B.-Guitar,Keys,Vox

LG-Guitar,Keys Vox

Kevin K. – Drums

Steve- Bass

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    true.deep.sleeper 10" (Pre-Sale)

    Order at Moon Sounds

    Thought & Language 12"

    Order at Neon Sigh

    Birth 7"

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    Kingmaker 7"

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    Neon Sigh

    Truth EP

    Photobucket Order at 2&1 Records

    Half-Truth 7"

    Order at 2&1 Records

    Pale Fire

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    Available through iTunes