|Album:||In a Safe Place||Collection:||General|
|Artist:||Album Leaf, the||Added:||Jul 2004|
|Label:||Sub Pop Records|
|Add Date:||2004-08-09||Pull Date:||2004-10-11|
|Week Ending:||Oct 10||Oct 3||Sep 26||Sep 19||Sep 12||Sep 5||Aug 29||Aug 22|
|1.||Oct 15, 2014:||Radio Personality
|4.||Apr 15, 2012:||There and Back Again
|2.||Jun 22, 2012:||Flipping Through Time
|5.||Feb 29, 2012:||The Fall of Math
|3.||Jun 22, 2012:||Flipping Through Time
|6.||Jan 22, 2012:||No Voices Aloud
The Outer Banks
The regular Album Leaf sound is still here: ultra-chill, endearing, electronically-based post-rock/acoustic ambient/pop. Think Rachels meets Mum meets Greg Davis. But this time there are some vocals – some from Pall, Birgisson, and even some from LaValle himself! I like the instrumental tracks better, but the vocals work well enough. You can totally picture the ensemble huddled around a fire in some house in Iceland. Great stuff!
My recommendation: Play tracks 1 & 2 together on continuous. They capture the heart of the album, and the transition gives me the "holy shit this is amazing" shivers.
Other favorites were tracks 5 & 7.
- Captain Dee (7/04)
**1. Beautiful ambience. Ethereal chorus of drawn-out beeps, cello, and occasional bass pulses. As if you're soaking up some wonderful, ineffable moment. (3:44)
**2. Infectious drum beat, warm keys, and violins. Album Leaf at its chill best. (4:23)
*3. Twangy guitars burst into a starry-eyed jam with a duet of vocals and glockenspiel. The break at 2:22 makes me really happy… (4:31)
4. Mellow keyboarding and glockenspiel, later joined by a fuller set of instruments. Tripping clicking beat. Strings provide a lush ending. (5:40)
**5. Blippy Mum-ish electronic beat, glockenspiel, organ, and cheerful keys. What a gorgeous, mesmerizing groove! Picks up in intensity over time. (4:23)
6. Duet of vocals (including the Sigur Ros guy) and high-pitched cooing. Twinkling keyboards with fuzzy background noise/instrumentation. (4:55).
**7. Comforting chorus of synths, endearing melody, another Mum-ish beat, poignant splashes of bass, and wistful violin. Conversation sample at end. (4:21)
*8. Tender duet of acoustic guitars with introspective strings and accordion. Pardon the videogame reference, but this reminds me of the Chrono Cross OST. Ends with another conversation sample. (3:34)
9. More warm ambience, soft (almost spoken) vocals, nostalgic cello and violin. Drum beat enters midway. (6:06)
10. Dreamy ambient keys and violin for 3 minutes. Ends with 6 minutes of barely audible folksy sounds that are way too quiet for radio. (9:22)
|1.||Window||6.||Over the Pond|
|2.||Thule||7.||Another Day (Revised)|
|3.||On Your Way||8.||Streamside|
|5.||The Outer Banks||10.||Moss Mountain Town|