The Album Leaf

Real Name:
Jimmy LaValle
Profile:
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/Pysch 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.

Over time, THE ALBUM LEAF (now based in Los Angeles) has grown from a side endeavor to LaValle's main focus. The project’s first releases, An Orchestrated Rise To Fall (1999) and One Day I’ll Be On Time (2001), intertwined field recordings, Rhodes piano, and a nuanced treatment of texture with mature songwriting and dense, evocative atmospheres. Following these records, which put THE ALBUM LEAF on the map for critics and fans worldwide, Icelandic band Sigur Rós discovered LaValle and took THE ALBUM LEAF on tour with them in the US, garnering the band wide exposure and recognition.

Following a European and a second US tour with Sigur Rós, LaValle left Tristeza to devote his full attention to THE ALBUM LEAF, and soon produced the highly acclaimed releases Seal Beach (2003, Acuarela discos) and In A Safe Place (2004, Sub Pop / City Slang). Since then, THE ALBUM LEAF's influence has continued to grow. LaValle has released two more well-received full-lengths as well as tens of other releases ranging from soundtracks to collaborations with artists such as Bright Eyes & Mark Kozelek, further establishing THE ALBUM LEAF as a household name in the world of modern rock music and beyond. THE ALBUM LEAF has toured extensively across the globe, and many of the band's songs have appeared on TV shows including Scandal, Sons of Anarchy, Suits, and more. In 2016, the band partnered with renowned label Relapse Records for the release of the group’s sixth studio album and first since 2010’s A Chorus Of Storytellers (Sub Pop).

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, LaValle & THE ALBUM LEAF’s newly solidified lineup are poised to deliver yet another sonic triumph with 2016’s Between Waves. The album was born out of a thorough reinvention of LaValle's creative process and approach: Between Waves is THE ALBUM LEAF's first full-length record to be recorded with the band's current lineup, and was written with greater emphasis on the group dynamic (the album was also entirely recorded and produced by LaValle and the band). 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. From the moody evolution of "Glimmering Lights" to the wistful hip-hop stylings of "A New Soul" and beyond, Between Waves is THE ALBUM LEAF at its most inventive, most confident, and most impressive.
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Albums

none The Album Leaf - An Orchestrated Rise To Fall album art The Album Leaf An Orchestrated Rise To Fall (Album) Music Fellowship none US 1999 Sell This Version
TS011 The Album Leaf - One Day I'll Be On Time album art The Album Leaf One Day I'll Be On Time (Album) Tiger Style TS011 US 2001 Sell This Version
Are 00032-2, RCD 16035 The Album Leaf - A Lifetime Or More album art The Album Leaf / On!Air!Library! The Album Leaf / On!Air!Library! - A Lifetime Or More (Album) Arena Rock, Rykodisc Are 00032-2, RCD 16035 US 2003 Sell This Version
571428 1 / 20244-1 The Album Leaf - In A Safe Place album art The Album Leaf In A Safe Place (Album) Sub Pop 571428 1 / 20244-1 Europe 2004 Sell This Version
ADVCD 708 The Album Leaf - Into The Blue Again album art The Album Leaf Into The Blue Again (Album) Sub Pop ADVCD 708 US 2006 Sell This Version
SPCD 805 The Album Leaf - A Chorus Of Storytellers album art The Album Leaf A Chorus Of Storytellers (Album) Sub Pop SPCD 805 US 2010 Sell This Version
none The Album Leaf - Torey's Distraction (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art The Album Leaf Torey's Distraction (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Not On Label (The Album Leaf Self-released) none US 2012 Sell This Version
HN1076CD The Album Leaf - Perils From The Sea album art Sun Kil Moon & The Album Leaf Sun Kil Moon & The Album Leaf - Perils From The Sea (Album) High Note Records HN1076CD Taiwan 2013 Sell This Version
none The Album Leaf - Beyond There album art The Album Leaf Beyond There Not On Label (The Album Leaf Self-released) none US 2014
none The Album Leaf - Before You Know It (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art The Album Leaf Before You Know It (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(12xFile, AIFF, 24-) Not On Label (The Album Leaf Self-released) none US 2015
none The Album Leaf - Spring (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art The Album Leaf Spring (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(17xFile, AIFF, Album, 24-) Not On Label (The Album Leaf Self-released) none US 2015
RR7346 The Album Leaf - Between Waves album art The Album Leaf Between Waves (Album) Relapse Records RR7346 USA, Canada & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
none The Album Leaf - The Endless - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album art The Album Leaf The Endless - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Album) Eastern Glow Recordings none US 2018 Sell This Version
none The Album Leaf - OST album art The Album Leaf OST (Album) Eastern Glow Recordings none US 2020 Sell This Version
none The Album Leaf - 3022 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art The Album Leaf 3022 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Not On Label (The Album Leaf Self-released) none US 2020
none The Album Leaf - Artist And Mother (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art The Album Leaf Artist And Mother (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(19xFile, AIFF, Album) Eastern Glow Recordings none US 2020
EGR626013 The Album Leaf - Synchronic (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art The Album Leaf Synchronic (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Eastern Glow Recordings EGR626013 US 2021 Sell This Version
none The Album Leaf - One Day XX album art The Album Leaf One Day XX(12xFile, ALAC, Album) Nettwerk none US 2021

Singles & EPs

TMU 067 The Album Leaf - In An Off White Room album art The Album Leaf In An Off White Room (EP) Troubleman Unlimited TMU 067 US 2001 Sell This Version
blr 005 The Album Leaf - Collaboration Series No. 1 album art The Album Leaf / Bright Eyes The Album Leaf / Bright Eyes - Collaboration Series No. 1 (Single) Better Looking Records blr 005 US 2002 Sell This Version
nois036 ep The Album Leaf - Seal Beach album art The Album Leaf Seal Beach (EP) Acuarela Discos nois036 ep Spain 2003 Sell This Version
20245-6, 549353 6 The Album Leaf - The Outer Banks album art The Album Leaf The Outer Banks (EP) City Slang 20245-6, 549353 6 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
BLR055-7 The Album Leaf - Collaboration Series No. 2 album art The Album Leaf / Her Space Holiday The Album Leaf / Her Space Holiday - Collaboration Series No. 2(7") Better Looking Records BLR055-7 US 2004 Sell This Version
none The Album Leaf - Red Tour EP album art The Album Leaf Red Tour EP(CD, EP, Enh) Not On Label (The Album Leaf Self-released) none US 2005 Sell This Version
PCD-4221 The Album Leaf - Green Tour EP album art The Album Leaf Green Tour EP (EP) Not On Label (The Album Leaf Self-released), Sub Pop PCD-4221 Japan 2007 Sell This Version

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Alon

Alon

February 7, 2005
edited over 17 years ago
"The Album Leaf" makes very beautiful idm (similar to xela, zegunder, ulrich schnauss)

it has clicks, classic guiters, flutes, soft voices and stuff like that.

I love this its fills me with love!!

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