In the time that’s elapsed since its last proper album, 2010’s A Chorus Of Storytellers, Jimmy LaValle’s the Album Leaf has popped up with a soundtrack release and a collab with Sun Kil Moon, but the entity’s (the new Between Waves is the first A. Leaf LP to be made as a band effort) exploration of all things ambient, electronic and organically understated when it comes to both instrumental endeavors and the application of the aforementioned to a very contemporary-sounding indie-pop is what prevails on Between Waves. The Album Leaf will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our review of Between Waves.
Matt Resovich: There are a lot of talented circuit designers out there, and many of them have made clone circuits of some very nice gear and some even offer kits for builders. Two of my favorites for recording equipment are Seventh Circle Audio and Micparts. If you can solder, you can build some nice gear clones like an API mic pre or a fet47 LDC mic. When you hear all the beautiful midrange detail in the cymbals that other mics weren’t picking up, you will love your clone. I love mine.