10 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the onset of the majestic, cinematic album opener, “The Light,” it’s apparent that this will be a smooth voyage into mind-swelling vistas and heart-breaking sundowns. All that’s needed is an IMAX screen. Multi-instrumentalist Jimmy LaValle, who’s logged time with Tristeza, GoGoGo Airheart and the Locust, works with sound as if it were a drug that can medicate moods. Which, apparently, it can. Into the Blue Again’s ten tracks are meditation odes delivered for calming effect from a songwriter who knows how to build melodies into pure atmosphere. Recorded partially in Iceland at Sigur Ros’ Sundlaugin studio, the album shares the Ros’ similar shimmering, ethereal tones. Piano notes resonate in echo chambers, with guitars. violins and layers of keyboards swirling about while rhythms subtly shift behind them. Three tracks (“Always For You,” “Writings On the Wall,” “Wherever I Go”) employ vocals and all are left buried in the mix to heighten the elusive, mysterious mood. It’s a dreamstate, really, the line between what’s real and imagined perfectly blurred with a pulsing purity.

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the onset of the majestic, cinematic album opener, “The Light,” it’s apparent that this will be a smooth voyage into mind-swelling vistas and heart-breaking sundowns. All that’s needed is an IMAX screen. Multi-instrumentalist Jimmy LaValle, who’s logged time with Tristeza, GoGoGo Airheart and the Locust, works with sound as if it were a drug that can medicate moods. Which, apparently, it can. Into the Blue Again’s ten tracks are meditation odes delivered for calming effect from a songwriter who knows how to build melodies into pure atmosphere. Recorded partially in Iceland at Sigur Ros’ Sundlaugin studio, the album shares the Ros’ similar shimmering, ethereal tones. Piano notes resonate in echo chambers, with guitars. violins and layers of keyboards swirling about while rhythms subtly shift behind them. Three tracks (“Always For You,” “Writings On the Wall,” “Wherever I Go”) employ vocals and all are left buried in the mix to heighten the elusive, mysterious mood. It’s a dreamstate, really, the line between what’s real and imagined perfectly blurred with a pulsing purity.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
119 Ratings

119 Ratings

at-peace-in-action ,

lively

a hopless yet uplifting album that captures the struggles and triumphs of life and puts it into sweet beats and beautiful melody

Cheesy XD ,

Amazing

This song simply speaks for itself when I tell you this song is a part of Scandal
Just the way it sounds, makes me
Picture Olivia and Fitz looking into eachothers eyes it's a wonderful song and a great soundtrack choice

PzeroSD ,

Great Album

Not quite as intricate as the Leafs previous albums but still amazingly good. Great music to relax, make love, study, or just let your mind wander. Red-Eye is a stand-out track with an almost hip-hop drum track. If you like the sound of the Rhodes piano and simple beautiful beats this album is for you.

The Album Leaf is a reminder that there is still beautiful and exciting music to be made at a time when other artists seem so depressing and pessimistic.

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