The Album Leaf

Sunday

Masterminded by San Diego-based musician Jimmy LaVelle, The Album Leaf has been producing post-rock and indie electronic music for almost two decades. San Diego-based songwriter LaValle started recording solo material one year after forming the post-rock band Tristeza. Constructing songs utilizing everything from ambient noise to field recordings to radio transmissions, the resulting sound was displayed in his debut album An Orchestrated Rise to Fall in 1999. The Album Leaf’s profile grew as a result of his first EP, In an Off White Room, and second album One Day I’ll Be On Time in 2001. The success of these releases lead LaVelle to find himself opening shows for Sigur Rós’ first American tour that year, and by the time he started recording his third album, he had secured the services of Sigur Rós’ Iceland studios and the participation of several of the band’s members. The resulting album, In a Safe Place, released on Sub Pop in 2004 to a positive critical response, as did his 2006 release Into the Blue Again. In 2010, The Album Leaf released A Chorus of Storytellers and subsequently toured widely before LaVelle took a break from the project to focus on film-scoring work. After an extended hiatus, The Album Leaf returned in 2016 with their sixth album, Between Waves, which is the first album to feature the band’s full current lineup, this time released on metal label Relapse, although the group’s core sound remains largely unchanged.