absent without leave is the solo project of George Mastrokostas, based in Athens, Greece. Recording everything mostly by himself or sometimes with assistance from some good friends, he produces a sound that has at times been described as a mix of shoegaze, post-rock, ambient and electronica.
To date, he has released his music on labels such as distant noise records (uk), unlabel (uk), chat blanc records (canada), awkward silence recordings (uk), thisquietarmy records (canada), symbolic interaction (japan), october man recordings (uk), friend of mine records (japan), duotone records (japan), bsbta (denmark), fuzzy panda recording co. (usa) and also on his own label sound in silence (greece) and has collaborated with the likes of port-royal, stafraenn hakon, epic45, yellow6, the declining winter (hood), televise (ex-slowdive), landshipping (ex-metrotone) featuring isan, millimetrik (below the sea, le chat blanc orchestra, glider, parallel lines) and kimonophonic amongst others.
He has played several gigs around europe at various venues and festivals, including synch festival 2007 (alongside mum, !!!, front 242 and fischerspooner, amongst others) and has shared the stage, most of the times after being personally invited by the artists themselves, with god is an astronaut, 65daysofstatic, port-royal, piano magic, i like trains, jeniferever, arms and sleepers, the samuel jackson five, manyfingers (ex-movietone, collaborator of matt elliott/third eye foundation and hood), millimetrik, section 25 and many others. He has composed the soundtrack of the short film the crossroads (directed by Petros Sofikitis) and his music has been played on some of the best radio stations worldwide like BBC 6 Music, Resonance FM and others too.
absent without leave - 'neath the tumbling stars