Boomkat Product Review:
Recorded in the Sub Pop heartland of Seattle and subsequently mixed in Reykjavik by Birgir Jon Birgisson of Sigur Ros, the new long-player from Jimmy LaValle's The Album Leaf follows 2006's Into The Blue Again, which in turn succeeded the breakthrough release, In A Safe Place, a record that's been endlessly plundered for TV and soundtrack material ever since. This latest body of work has been formulated with the assistance of a full live band, and the results bare a closer resemblance to all-out post-rock than perhaps ever before. Despite the bigger arrangements, LaValle and his cohorts avoid the sort of scaled-up bombast that neuters so many works within the genre and continues to embrace the finer details, preserving glitchy electronic beats and tuneful electric piano/keyboard-driven melodies at the centre of everything. If there's any sort of criticism to be levelled at the album, it's that each song feels like a variation of a single theme (the procession of very similar track times might hint at a certain amount of structural homogeneity), but the overwhelming loveliness of the music wins out, condensing the sort of electro-acoustically sounds Múm made during their prime and hinting at what Sigur Ros might sound like if they were to take their orchestrated bombast down a couple of notches.