“This album covers a lot of emotionally heavy stuff like mental health, addiction, existence, and relationships”
Jay Allen Sanford 2 p.m., Nov. 21
RIYL: The Album Leaf, Brian Eno
Influences: Swing Kids, the Locust, GoGoGo Airheart, Tristeza, the Album Leaf, Brian Eno, Sigur Rós, Bright Eyes, Her Space Holiday, the Blackheart Procession, the Crimson Curse, Guyver-1, Stealtree
Jimmy LaValle has performed in several local bands, including Swing Kids, the Locust, GoGoGo Airheart, and the post-rock instrumental band Tristeza. As the sole full-time member of the Album Leaf (the name comes from a Chopin piece), he’s been releasing records since 1999’s mellow Orchestrated Rise to Fall. His songs have been heard on the soundtracks to episodes of The OC, as well as various other programs on CBS, NBC, and Showtime.
PacificUV's song “Russians” was remixed in early 2013 by the Album Leaf and made available online. Around the same time, LaValle collaborated with singer-songwriter Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon) to release Perils From the Sea. It features LaValle trading the orchestral, layered textures of the Album Leaf’s recent work for ambient beats more akin to Jimmy Tamborello’s sucrose backbone of the Postal Service while melancholic storyteller Kozelek delivers unassuming recollections that feel like an account from an old friend.