Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

The Album Leaf 

In a Safe Place

Wednesday, Jun 30 2004
Comments
After a tour spent opening for Sigur Rós, Tristeza alumnus and Album Leaf alter ego Jimmy Lavalle found himself with an invitation to make In a Safe Place at the band's Icelandic studio. The venue was a perfect match for Lavalle, because his instrumental assortment of slow keyboards and electronic drumbeats has always sounded like what you'd get if you asked a computer to spit out an approximation of Sigur Rós' ethereal opuses sans the made-up language and Thom Yorkeian vocals (though SR singer Jon Birgisson does make an appearance here on "Over the Pond," the song cycle's most stunning track). While pretty, some of the numbers with lots of beats end up sounding somewhat generic. Safe Place's best moments are when Lavalle and company (comprising the SR boys and Black Heart Procession's Pall Jenkins) indulge in being even more sparse than usual. It's when the drums are dropped and the rhythms are lilted that the emotion really comes out.

About The Author

Abigail Clouseau

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"