City Slang (label)
26 July 2004 (released)
14 July 2004
This is going to be the first 5 star album/single that I have reviewed for Music-News.Com. In fact it is slightly ironic that I only have this four-track album sampler to review. I guess strictly speaking it is an EP!
Anyway that aside, In a Safe Place is the third full length from The Album Leaf (Alias Jimmy LaValle). Featuring members of Sigur Ros, The Black Heart Procession, Mum and Jimmy La Velle himself, this was recorded over a three month period in Iceland late last year.
First track on the sampler, 'On Your Way' is a tender Lo-Fi offering that veers away from the prominent multi instrumental theme of the CD. Relaxing and instantly absorbing, we are treated to subtle Glockenspiel, Rhodes and Moog sounds. 'Over the Pond', my favourite of the four tunes, is slightly reminiscent of Greg Dulli's Twilight Singers. Full of sullen cello and the amazing sounding Wurlitzer Piano, this tune highlights the highly layered musical indulgence that Mr LaValle appears to aim for.
Overall this is an amazing selection of provoking music that leaves me wanting (so desperately) to listen to the remainder of the album. A must purchase for any serious 'alternative' muzzo.