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Leafcutter John Folk-tronic MP3

One man’s hard-drive-cleaning is another’s hard-drive-filling. Well, maybe not “filling,” but a solid 3.16 megabytes that might never had been heard widely had Leafcutter John (born John Burton) not decided to clean out his computer in advance of recording a new album. From the digital back pages came a three-and-half-minute track that starks in static and whir, veers into olde-timey songcraft, and then fades back into the electronic ether (MP3).

John explains: “Also while foraging around old hard-drives found this which is a kind of glitchy atmospheric demo version of the ‘this is the right way’ bit of ‘Go Back’ from my 2006 album ‘The Forest and the Sea’.” More info at, along with four additional, more song-oriented tracks.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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