((The Album Leaf)) Band Profile and Upcoming New York City Concerts - Oh My Rockness

The Album Leaf play melancholy better than anyone since, well, Jimmy LaVelle's previous band, Tristeza. Mostly instrumental, heavy on the melody, and light on tiresome ambient-friendly beep-clicks, The Album Leaf's music evokes forgotten dreams, regret, love lost and fading memories, yet still somehow manages to be uplifting.

LaVelle's graceful songs soar without manipulation by balancing melody and complexity. Guitars and keys duel it out to see who can produce the more beautiful note, a battle that is typically too close to call.

Seeing them live is like listening to their albums. You're not sure if you're happy or you're sad, but it feels really good. The sound The Album Leaf creates is truly unique and without equal. OK, except for maybe Tristeza (R.I.P.) who were simply one of the best bands of the last ten years.
Published December 20, 2006
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