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Folding Leaves

by Message To Bears

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Attreides Can't decide between Mountains or Wake Me as my favorite track - Not that I don't like the rest, these 2 tracks just have a special meaning for me.

I use Wake Me as my alarm tone for the last two years, the gentle use of bird sounds in this track is soothing, the beginning is like a morning out in the woods.

Mountains is what got me into Message To Bears initially, due to it's stunning usage in Life Is Strange. Favorite track: Mountains.
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ravenandwolf Perfect background music for homework or just taking time to think. This album is a calming presence to me in my times of chaos. Favorite track: Mountains.
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civilaggie06 They say that music can help you heal. All of the tracks that Message to Bears write heal your frame of mind and make you feel better. Thank you for the music that you right. Favorite track: Farewell, Stars.
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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Hillside Embers, Folding Leaves Reworked, All This Time, Flow State Mosaic, Already Am, Always Was, Together, Constants, Carved From Tides, and 5 more. , and , .

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    Comes in a screen-printed Arigato pack with original artwork by Jake Blanchard and includes a booklet of beautiful photography by Holly Kimberley.

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  • Limited Edition 12" Vinyl
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    Vinyl pressed on blue coloured vinyl, with alternative artwork to the CD release. Artwork by Jake Blanchard. Mastered by Keith Kenniff.

    Vinyl pressed in an edition of 200 on blue wax with full colour sleeve.

    ANNOUNCEMENT: New 10th Anniversary Edition vinyl now available to pre-order: www.diggersfactory.com/vinyl/245489

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Wake Me 05:32
Mountains 03:55
Bird's Tail 03:44
Undone 02:44
At a Glance 03:39
Unleft 04:05


'Folding Leaves, the latest record from Message to Bears, takes the idea of something rustic and organic and tenderly crafts it into musical origami: something complex and detailed, yet gracefully simple.

Jerome Alexander, the multi-instrumentalist behind MTB, combines layers of rustic strings, crisp acoustic guitar and a warm, almost wordless vocal melody – a sound which builds throughout each song and across the whole album. The resolution of each crescendo – after the communal, folksy accumulation of voices, strings and other instruments – is either triumphant, or left to crumble away on a breeze of bird song and crackling ambience.

The effect is an album that is unfolding in two ways: both as an old letter or map, unfurling to display detail and emotion, or disappearing, as an origami swan pulled at two ends loses its creases, becoming as formless and unassuming as it began.'


released January 18, 2012

Composed and produced by Jerome Alexander at Message To Bears studio in Oxford. Viola and violin performed by Laura Ashby. Mastered by Keith Kenniff. Artwork by Jake Blanchard.

Additional mastering in 2021 by Taylor Deupree at 12k.


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Message To Bears Bristol, UK

Message To Bears is the musical alias of English composer and multi-instrumentalist Jerome Alexander.

Alexander creates beautiful soundscapes by interweaving acoustic guitar, piano, electronics, ethereal samples, strings and hushed vocals.

For all enquiries contact - messagetobears@live.com
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