The Last Gold Leaf is a project by singer-songwriter Derrick Keith that includes a revolving-door of musicians. Self-described as "dark pop", their sound tackles heavy subjects like divorce and death, and takes joy to wrap it in deceptively poppy hooks.
Keith's vocal lines take pride in crafting dissonant and complex R&B vocal harmonies and draping them across rock and pop drum grooves. The arrangements push the boundaries where pop music can begin to approach complexity, linger there, dance briefly on the other side, and leap back to catchy choruses. All of this on top of music that stretches across a wide dynamic—desperately screaming "break me" in Casey's Song (a cover of one of the band's heavy influences) to whispering "I'm afraid of walking back to you," in the ballad Try.
A transplant to Minneapolis by way of Ames, Iowa. The Last Gold Leaf are setting themselves up as the thinking-man's pop music.
Their two EPs, Campfire Pop and Opaque, are self-recorded, produced, and mixed by Keith and his merry band of fellows.