The Album Leaf Shares Video By Ebinum Brothers For “You Are (Feat. Saro)”; Shares New Single “Future Falling”
October 28, 2022 BY Jason Currell
Today, prestigious ambient electronic artist The Album Leaf shares his new single, “Future Falling.” The first track of a new cohesive collection of work, it was written back in 2015 by mastermind Jimmy LaValle and mixed by Joshua Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv). LaValle adds, “It was one of the first songs I wrote post ‘Between Waves,’ but it represents where I have gone sonically, tonally, and creatively. If you’ve seen me play solo, you may have heard it performed. The song has evolved over the last seven years but has managed to stay fresh to my ears.”
Earlier this week, The Album Leaf shared a stunning video by the renowned Ebinum Brothers for his recent single, “You Are (Featuring Saro).” For the collaboration, the brothers sent him a storyboard with and the words ‘You are strong, you are perfect, you are not alone’ With the Ebinum Brothers lyrics, he then tapped frequent collaborators, Clarice Jensen (Max Richter / Hildur Gudnadottir / Bruce Springsteen) to add Cello, Jake Falby (Julie Byrne / Dave Harrington / Chet faker) for violin, James McAlister (The National / Taylor Swift) to add more synth textures, and then, Saro to sing. From there, he sent it back to the Ebinum Brothers to film the breathtaking dance video in England at Blea Tarn and Stickle Tarn.
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The Ebinum Brothers add, “We created this piece for the song ‘You Are’ because that’s the feeling we got from it. Listening to the song, expressing positivity, love, and courage, it gave us that feeling of being in nature and feeling all of that positivity that we are not alone, we are perfect, we are beautiful. We decided to shoot in nature because we wanted it to feel so raw, and there’s always something we feel when we are surrounded by it, we feel it all and become one with nature. We explored all through the song because we wanted the feeling of the song to be expressed through our body, our movements, we want people to feel the message, the words through our movement, we basically just wanted to communicate.”
Also known for his work as a film composer, The Album Leaf’s Jimmy LaValle will release his original score for the Sundance film, Something In The Dirt, on Friday, November 4th, via Node Records. The film is directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead (Moon Knight / Loki / Synchronic), distributed by XYZ films, and will premiere nationwide in theaters next week. It tells the story of two neighbors who witness something supernatural in their LA apartment building. The soundtrack that LaValle created is an electronic-orchestral hybrid score featuring Hailey Niswanger (Beyonce / Clairo) on woodwinds and Jake Falby (Alex Somers) on violin, which creates its own distinct world for the film.
The Album Leaf has been steadily making its mark as a soft-spoken innovator since 1999. It’s clear that visionary Jimmy LaValle is unafraid of thinking outside the box, both as an individual artist & within the larger scope of modern music. The Album Leaf began in the San Diego music scene after LaValle founded the instrumental rock band Tristeza. He had inked a deal to release his next solo album through the indie label Tigerstyle Records, so he put the modest advance towards a self-recording starter setup, building out the sound with occasional studio access. The music that emerged — vivid, rhythmic, soaring instrumentals centered around the Rhodes piano — not only set the path for The Album Leaf over the next two decades of acclaimed releases (for Sub Pop, City Slang, and others), it became a touchstone for the next generation’s wave of melodic and meditative electro-organic music. Earlier this month, he released a track as part of the 24-hour-only fundraising compilation, Good Music To Ensure Safe Abortion Access To All, through Bandcamp Friday, Good Music and Noise For Now to benefit organizations that help facilitate abortion access in restrictive states. It also featured songs from artists like Cat Power, David Byrne, Death Cab For Cutie, Mac DeMarco, Maya Hawke, Soccer Mommy, Wet Leg, and more. This followed his musical contribution to For the Birds: The Birdsong Project, an expansive collection of 242 recordings inspired by birdsong that was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Randall Poster and benefits the Audubon Society. Other artists included Andrew Bird, Animal Collective, Beck, Karen O, Kurt Vile, Mark Ronson, Nick Cave, and more. Jimmy Lavalle also recently collaborated with the popular meditation app CALM to create an exclusive composition for Calm’s sleep songs. Stay tuned for more from The Album Leaf soon.