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The Album Leaf

Multi-instrumentalist Jimmy LaValle, the man behind the Album Leaf, wasn't always such a mellow fellow. Back in the '90s, he got his first taste of large-scale musical appreciation as a guitarist with Tristeza, a singing-free combo capable of unleashing a righteous clangor on cuts such as "El Mirador," and while drumming for GoGoGo Airheart, a punky San Diego outfit. On his own, however, he's tended to speak, and play, more quietly. Into the Blue Again, the most recent Album Leaf effort (it's from 2006) is a deliberate piece of work, juxtaposing lovely vocal tracks such as "Always for You" ("Before the ocean, I pray/And I said your name") and dreamy instrumentals like "Shine," which does just that for nearly six rapturous minutes. According to AL's MySpace page, a new recording is slated for 2010, and that's a good thing, since LaValle brings an intelligence and sensitivity to the indie scene that's as rare as it is welcome.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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