The Album Leaf Mini Interview (playing I'll Be Your Mirror USA)

Tuesday 21st August, 2012

Another in a series of mini interviews with artists performing at I'll Be Your Mirror USA in New York City this September. Tickets for the event running September 21-23rd at Pier 36, Manhattan are on sale now. The Album Leaf play Sunday 23rd curated by ATP...

Name Of Band: The Album Leaf

Hometown: Los Angeles/San Diego/New York

Year Formed: 1999

Bio: The Album Leaf is the solo project of Jimmy LaValle, a San Diego-based songwriter who began recording solo material one year after forming the post-rock band Tristeza. Inspired by a number of genres -- classical, jazz, and post-rock among them -- LaValle constructed his own songs in a similarly eclectic manner, utilizing everything from ambient noise to field recordings to radio transmissions. An Orchestrated Rise to Fall introduced the resulting sound in 1999. An EP (In an Off White Room) preceded the release of LaValle's second full-length album, One Day I'll Be on Time, which was released by Tiger Style in March 2001. The Album Leaf's profile blossomed as a result of those recordings, and LaValle found himself opening shows for Sigur Ros' first American tour that fall. By the time he began recording his third album, he'd also secured the services of Sigur Ros Iceland studios, along with the participation of several of that band's members. The resulting album, In a Safe Place, appeared on the Sub Pop label in June 2004. The Seal Beach EP, originally issued in 2003 in Spain, appeared stateside in early 2005, and LaValle's next album, Into the Blue Again, followed in September 2006. The Album Leaf toured sporadically throughout the remainder of the decade, performing in multiple continents and opening for Devendra Banhart at the Hollywood Bowl in 2008. Two years later, LaValle returned with his fifth full-length album, A Chorus of Storytellers. ~ Mike DaRonco, All Music Guide

What Are The Most Recent Activities Of Your Band?

We just released a 7 song EP and an original soundtrack to a documentary called "Torey's Distraction."

How do you feel about being picked by ATP and how excited are you about playing the event?

We are honored that ATP has invited us to be a part of the festival again. It is always one of the most memorable shows we play.

Are there any other currently confirmed bands you are excited about seeing?

Hot Snakes, The Roots, Quintron And Miss Pussycat, The Magic Band.. To Name A Few

What else will be be doing whilst you are in New York for this event?

We're in the middle of a tour, so we're in and out unfortunately!

What's your most memorable NY show (if you've played one)?

Every time we play NYC it's memorable.. It's such a great city to visit and perform in.

If you were curating name three bands you would pick to play your event:

Four Tet
Isbells
Jaga Jazzist.

What record are you currently listening to more than others?

I've been listening to these old German prog rock compilations i found on tour in Koln, Germany.. They're fantastic.

If you could pick one of your records for ATP fans to listen to, which would you chose?

This new EP, "Forward/Return".