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...Iceland comes Jimmy LaValle's. LaValle originally from California has moved himself from the westcoast to the Westcoast of Iceland to a town called Mosfellsbaer.

LaValle is a classically trained pianist and musician who has been involved with San Diego's Tristeza along with The Locust, GoGoGo Airheart, and Black Heart Procession. I expose my cluelessness here in that I have never heard of any of those bands so if your a die hard Locust fan I apologize now.

Jimmy has moved on to release his solo work under the title of the Album Leaf named after a Chopin piece. Subpop records describes Album Leaf's sound as "Brian Eno-inspired compositional atmospherics" which is a fancy way of saying he sounds like Brian Eno and its true. LaValle given his Icelandic zip code had befriended fellow Iclanders Sigur Ros and eventually would work with them on his album(s) (recorded in Iceland in a place called Sundlaugin (or "swimming pool" in Icelandic).

Turn it up and relax. The subtle sounds of the guitar, piano, and violin, will put you to sleep calm you before a gradual build-up of harmonies for you to contemplate.

Mp3: The Album Leaf - "The Mp"
Mp3: The Album Leaf - "On Your Way"

New disc to come out this year.

The Album Leaf Webpage
The Album Leaf's myspace

Buy: One Day I'll Be On Time (2001) or In a Safe Place (2004) or Orchestrated Rise to Fall (1999) by simply clicking those links.

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Anonymous said... @ 5/06/2006 06:39:00 AM

Really appreciate your blog; it's ace. These tracks were a great spot. Ben, Durham, England.

Eric said... @ 5/06/2006 03:00:00 PM

Great feature. I just happen to be a fan of Tristeza (see post a few months back), GoGoGo Airheart, and The Locust. If you want to approximate the sound of The Locust, have someone yell into mic hooked up to a guitar amplifier, and put your ear right next to the speaker for 30 seconds. Something like that.

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