The Album Leaf – “Back To The Start” (Stereogum Premiere)

David Black

The Album Leaf – “Back To The Start” (Stereogum Premiere)

David Black

The Album Leaf have signed with Relapse Records for the August release of Between Waves. Aside from the 2012 Sun Kil Moon collaboration Perils From The Sea, it’s the first full-length record from Jimmy LaValle’s project since 2010’s A Chorus Of Storytellers. It will include last fall’s single “New Soul.”

Between Waves marks the first time that the Album Leaf has recorded and produced as a full band, and the first single, “Back To The Start,” certainly shows the group’s dynamic ability for rhythm and composition. I am always immensely impressed when music can sonically encompass the emotions felt in a specific moment. With “Back To The Start,” LaValle and company have captured wonder. The track begins as a simple soundscape, but it builds to a beautiful soundtrack of wandering and exploration. Check it out below.


01 “False Dawn”
02 “Glimmering Lights”
03 “New Soul”
04 “Back To The Start”
05 “Wandering Still”
06 “Never Far”
07 “Lost In The Fog”
08 “Between Waves”

And here’s the album art:

The Album Leaf - Between Waves

Between Waves is out 8/26 on Relapse Records. Pre-order it here. Also, a new 7″ featuring “New Soul” is available here.

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