The Album Leaf

2013-08-27 14:09:23 UTC

San Diego, United States (1998 – present)

The Album Leaf officially began in 1998 as the solo project of Jimmy LaValle, guitarist for San Diego, California-based post-rock band Tristeza. LaValle has also performed in several other San Diego-area bands, including Swing Kids, The Locust, GoGoGo Airheart, and The Black Heart Procession.

[ An Orchestrated Rise to Fall ] ~ Jimmy LaValle had been playing guitar in the post-rock instrumental band Tristeza. Being a multi-instrumentalist, during downtime in the fall of 1998, he began playing drums for San Diego band GoGoGo Airheart. The singer and guitarist for the group, Mike Vermillion (which later inspired the song name “Vermillion” on One Day I’ll Be on Time) recorded LaValle doing improvised material playing to a vintage roland drum machine on a Rhodes Piano that would become his first full-length album, the 10-track An Orchestrated Rise to Fall.

Benjamin White of GoGoGo Airheart and Vermillion both supplied added improvisation with synthesizers and vocals to these recordings. Before Tristeza released Spine and Sensory on Makoto records in 1998, the band was talking with a handful of different indie record labels. One of the record labels was “The Music Fellowship” out of Salt Lake City, Utah. LaValle asked them if they would be interested in releasing his solo material. They accepted, and An Orchestrated Rise to Fall saw release in 1999 on CD. Later in the year, Tristeza and The Album Leaf both signed with newly started Tigerstyle Records out of New York City.

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Bits and pieces from [ In Your Speakers ]. The nature of this collaboration is reduction, least common denominators – rather than mashing their signature sounds together, both artists scale their ambitions back in deference to the other; as Kozelek relegates himself to single-tracks vocals, LaValle restrains himself accordingly. The beats are more prominent here than on earlier, more post-rock Album Leaf material. Most of the tracks on Perils from the Sea end in roughly the same place were they began, minor, soft chord progressions meditatively repeating as hushed beats lay the canvas for Kozelek to paint his pictures. There is variation – “What Happened to My Brother” boasts some tasty Kid A minimalism, while the gorgeous blend of spare acoustic guitar, piano and drum machine beats on the melancholy tour travelogue “Caroline” evokes the Smashing Pumpkins' strange, underrated Adore. Emotionally, “1936” is every bit as brooding and dark as “You Missed My Heart” is gently peaceful.

Perils from the Sea, for all its restraint, works if you let it. There are few hooks and no singles, and seven of the eleven tracks are longer than seven minutes, with none shorter than five. Each song's dynamics stay roughly the same, some of them hardly changing from start to finish except for a gradual intensification of Kozelek's lyrical content. The whole experience is very stream-of-consciousness – the music pulses like a heartbeat, comforting but easy to ignore, while Kozelek breathes a random mix of memories, senses, dialogue and observations that create impressions and moods more than direct narratives or speaking points. Then one of Kozelek's lines grabs your attention: “Kids are fucking pricks” in “1936,” or “It was the first and the last time I saw my dad cry” in “Ceiling Gazing,” and suddenly the music and the words click together to create a powerful, detailed emotion. But for every moment where everything clicks, there are ten minutes of pleasant but unengaging music. Not every song lifts off, the album's consistency of style doesn't do much to help discerning listeners differentiate between the tracks. Really, that's the biggest weakness of the album – at almost 80 minutes, Perils from the Sea doesn't justify its length; everything good about the album could have been distilled into a stronger album two-thirds of its length.

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The Album Leaf & Sun Kil Moon Perils from the Sea Artist - The Album Leaf / Sun Kil Moon Album - Perils From The Sea [ SPLIT ] ( * * * * * ) Release Date - 2013 Genre - Indie, Ambient, Electro, Acoustic, Post-rock, Experimental [ EXCELLENT ] Tracklist 01. What Happened to My Brother 02. 1936 03. Gustavo 04. Baby in Death Can I Rest Next to Your Grave 05. Ceiling Gazing 06. You Missed My Heart 07. Caroline 08. He Always Felt Like Dancing 09. By The Time That I Awoke 10. Here Come More Perils from the Sea 11. Somehow the Wonder of Life Prevails -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- iTUNES The Album Leaf / Sun Kil Moon - Perils From The Sea [ SPLIT ]. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - The Album Leaf Album - Forward / Return [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2012 Genre - Indie, Ambient, Electro, Acoustic, Post-rock, Experimental [ EXCELLENT ] Tracklist 01. Stretched Home 02. Descent 03. Low Down 04. Skylines 05. Under The Night 06. Images 07. Dark Becomes Light -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Album Leaf - Forward / Return -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - The Album Leaf Album - Torey’s Distraction (Original Soundtrack) [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2012 Genre - Indie, Ambient, Electro, Acoustic, Post-rock, Experimental [ EXCELLENT ] Tracklist 01. Torey’s Distraction 02. An Explanation 03. Leaving Florida 04. Play With Me 05. Complications 06. A Day in the Life 07. Going Under 08. Distraction Days 09. Pinky’s Storage 10. Baby Saige 11. Cowgirl 12. A Look Back 13. Celebration -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Album Leaf - Indie, Ambient, Electro, Post-rock -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - The Album Leaf Album - There Is A Wind Release Date - 2010 Genre - Indie, Ambient, Electro, Post-rock Tracklist A1 There Is a Wind (Acoustic) 4:45 A2 Landing in Snow 4:08 B1 Resonations 3:24 B2 Falling from the Sun (Jamuel Saxon sunburnt remix) 9:13 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Album Leaf - There Is A Wind -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - The Album Leaf Album - A Chorus Of Storytellers Release Date - 2010 Genre - Indie, Ambient, Electro, Post-rock Tracklist 01 - Perro 02 - Blank Pages 03 - There Is A Wind 04 - Within Dreams 05 - Falling From The Sun 06 - Stand Still 07 - Summer Fog 08 - Until The Last 09 - We Are 10 - Almost There 11 - Tied Knots -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Album Leaf - A Chorus Of Storytellers -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- the-album-leaf-into-the-blue-again Artist - The Album Leaf Album - Into The Blue Again Release Date - 2006 Genre - Indie, Ambient, Electro, Post-rock Tracklist 01 The Light 4:29 02 Always for You 5:07 03 Shine 5:53 04 Writings on the Wall 4:55 05 Red-Eye 7:01 06 See in You 4:37 07 Into the Sea 4:31 08 Wherever I Go 4:38 09 Wishful Thinking 5:32 10 Broken Arrow 5:50 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Album Leaf - Into The Blue Again -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- an-orchestrated-rise-to-fall Artist - The Album Leaf Album - An Orchestrated Rise to Fall Release Date - 1999 Genre - Indie, Ambient, Electro, Post-rock Tracklist 01 Wander 5:53 02 Interview 2:33 03 Lounge Act 0:37 04 September Song 2:43 05 We Once Were (One) 4:29 06 This River Deep 2:29 07 Airplane 4:52 08 Short Story 19:37 09 We Once Were (Two) 4:37 10 Lounge Act (Two) 3:14 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Album Leaf - An Orchestrated Rise to Fall -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- in-an-off-white-room Artist - The Album Leaf Album - In an Off White Room Release Date - 2001 Genre - Indie, Ambient, Electro, Post-rock Tracklist 1 Project Loop 5:38 2 Glisten 3:39 3 Six Am 6:32 4 Off White Room 29:05 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Album Leaf - In an Off White Room -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- one-day-ill-be-on-time Artist - The Album Leaf Album - One Day I'll Be on Time Release Date - 2001 Genre - Indie, Ambient, Electro, Post-rock Tracklist 01 Gust Of... 5:21 02 The MP 6:21 03 Story Board 4:53 04 Wet the Day 5:25 05 The Audio Pool 4:57 06 Hang Over 4:08 07 In Between Lines 4:04 08 Last Time Here 4:21 09 Asleep 4:59 10 The Sailor 4:37 11 Vermillion 5:42 12 Glimmer 4:43 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Album Leaf - One Day I'll Be on Time -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- in-a-safe-place Artist - The Album Leaf Album - In a Safe Place Release Date - 2004 Genre - Indie, Ambient, Electro, Post-rock Tracklist 01 Window 3:44 02 Thule 4:23 03 On Your Way 4:31 04 TwentyTwoFourteen 5:40 05 The Outer Banks 4:23 06 Over the Pond 4:55 07 Another Day 4:21 08 Streamside 3:34 09 Eastern Glow 6:06 10 Moss Mountain Town 9:22 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Album Leaf - In a Safe Place -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- collaboration-series-no-2 Artist - The Album Leaf + Her Space Holiday Album - Collaboration Series 2 Release Date - ??? Genre - Indie, Ambient, Electro, Post-rock Tracklist 1 - Reso 2 - Callinblue -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Album Leaf + Her Space Holiday - Collaboration Series 2 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- seal-beach Artist - The Album Leaf Album - Seal Beach Release Date - 2003 Genre - Indie, Ambient, Electro, Post-rock Tracklist 1 Malmo 5:50 2 Brennivin 4:59 3 Seal Beach 4:15 4 Christiansands 4:41 5 One Minute 4:43 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Album Leaf - Seal Beach -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- red-tour-ep Artist - The Album Leaf Album - Red Tour EP Release Date - 2003 Genre - Indie, Ambient, Electro, Post-rock Tracklist 1 Spinning Makes Me Dizzy 5:04 2 Auras 3:59 3 Micro Melodies 5:29 4 Belladonna 2:29 5 Voyager 4:17 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Album Leaf - Red Tour EP -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- green-tour-ep Artist - The Album Leaf Album - Green Tour EP Release Date - 2007 Genre - Indie, Ambient, Electro, Post-rock Tracklist 1 We Need Help 2 Fear of Flying 3 Drawing Mountains 4 Enchanted Hill 5 Kevlar 6 San Simeon -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Album Leaf - Green Tour EP -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- a-lifetime-or-more Artist - The Album Leaf / On! Air! Library! Album - A Lifetime or More Release Date - 2003 Genre - Indie, Ambient, Electro, Post-rock Tracklist 1 The Album Leaf - Another Day 4:36 2 The Album Leaf - Essex 5:09 3 The Album Leaf - Lamplight 7:38 4 On!Air!Library! - Ex's and Oh's 7:08 5 On!Air!Library! - Pass the Mic (P) 3:54 6 On!Air!Library! - Pass the Mic (A) 2:38 7 On!Air!Library! - Pass the Mic (C) 2:01 8 On!Air!Library! - Faux Fromm 9:02 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Album Leaf / On! Air! Library! - A Lifetime or More -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recommendations: Riceboy Sleeps | Sigur Ros | Mum | Redhooker | Bersarin Quartett -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- the album leaf --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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