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From the onset of the majestic, cinematic album opener, “The Light,” it’s apparent that this will be a smooth voyage into mind-swelling vistas and heart-breaking sundowns. All that’s needed is an IMAX screen. Multi-instrumentalist Jimmy LaValle, who’s logged time with Tristeza, GoGoGo Airheart and the Locust, works with sound as if it were a drug that can medicate moods. Which, apparently, it can. Into the Blue Again’s ten tracks are meditation odes delivered for calming effect from a songwriter who knows how to build melodies into pure atmosphere. Recorded partially in Iceland at Sigur Ros’ Sundlaugin studio, the album shares the Ros’ similar shimmering, ethereal tones. Piano notes resonate in echo chambers, with guitars. violins and layers of keyboards swirling about while rhythms subtly shift behind them. Three tracks (“Always For You,” “Writings On the Wall,” “Wherever I Go”) employ vocals and all are left buried in the mix to heighten the elusive, mysterious mood. It’s a dreamstate, really, the line between what’s real and imagined perfectly blurred with a pulsing purity.

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a hopless yet uplifting album that captures the struggles and triumphs of life and puts it into sweet beats and beautiful melody

Great Album

Not quite as intricate as the Leafs previous albums but still amazingly good. Great music to relax, make love, study, or just let your mind wander. Red-Eye is a stand-out track with an almost hip-hop drum track. If you like the sound of the Rhodes piano and simple beautiful beats this album is for you. The Album Leaf is a reminder that there is still beautiful and exciting music to be made at a time when other artists seem so depressing and pessimistic.


This song simply speaks for itself when I tell you this song is a part of Scandal
Just the way it sounds, makes me
Picture Olivia and Fitz looking into eachothers eyes it's a wonderful song and a great soundtrack choice


Formed: 1999 in San Diego, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Album Leaf began as the solo project of Jimmy LaValle, a San Diego-based songwriter who started recording solo material one year after forming the post-rock band Tristeza. Inspired by a number of genres -- classical, jazz, and post-rock among them -- LaValle constructed his own songs in a similarly eclectic manner, utilizing everything from ambient noise to field recordings to radio transmissions. An Orchestrated Rise to Fall introduced the resulting sound in 1999. An EP (In an Off White Room)...
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