Release Date 06/16/2016
(Relapse Records) CMJ, SubModern
The Album Leaf has been making its mark as a soft-spoken innovator steadily and surely since 1999. One year after forming the influential San Diego instrumental group Tristeza, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Jimmy LaValle founded The Album Leaf, a solo studio project turned full-fledged live band. The diversity of The Album Leaf’s music is second only to the diversity of the music that has inspired LaValle through the years – the artist has named everything from German Ambient/psych bands like CAN, Cluster and Harmonia to traditional mariachi music, electronic music and Brian Eno as some of his primary influences – and it’s clear that The Album Leaf is unafraid of thinking outside the box, both as an individual artist & within the larger scope of modern music.
Now, nearly twenty years into a career that has seen LaValle exercising his creativity across the realms of film scoring, sound collage, and rock music via instrumental and vocal-driven compositions alike - and labels from Tiger Style to Sub Pop -- LaValle & The Album Leaf’s newly solidified lineup are poised to deliver yet another sonic triumph with their long awaited new album, Between Waves. The Album Leaf has announced their signing to Relapse Records along with the shimmering new track "Back To the Start", premiering via Stereogum and streaming via Soundcloud. The new album cut follows the cut "New Soul" that was teased last year, along with the stunning video initially shared via NPR.
The album's eight tracks were winnowed down from thirty, and it shows: each song is memorable and unique, all speaking in The Album Leaf's singular voice while expressing themselves through a wide variety of different sounds and emotions. The band's thorough, unified approach is evident on nearly every aspect of Between Waves: the album displays multifaceted, meticulous sound design, a keen ear for balancing disparate influences, and the strongest senses of dynamics, rhythm, and composition The Album Leaf has displayed to date. Between Waves is The Album Leaf at its most inventive, most confident, and most impressive.
'Between Waves' is out 8/26 on Relapse Records.