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.
Michael Raines: Agnès Varda’s films are obsessive in their pursuit of the idiosyncratic and mundane. She doesn’t let a stone go unturned or a mound of trash unsorted or, as seen in Mur Murs, a wall go unnoticed. She is cinema’s most perceptive and compassionate filmmaker, taking nothing and no one for granted. Mur Murs is life-affirming, playful and colorfully curious. It should be required viewing for anyone living in the greater Los Angeles area, and it’s easily one of the best films that I’ve watched in recent years.
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