This band/guy (Jimmy Lavalle, formerly of Tristeza), changed my life. I first heard The Album Lead in 2002. A girl I knew ordered this album from the record store I worked at. She said if I wanted to listen to it, I could open it and check it out before I sold it to her. That was really nice of her to do, so I took her up on the offer. I immediately loved it, and the sound I heard was basically a reflection of what I was writing at the time– pretty, keyboard-based experimental music. I later learned the term “post rock”… and that was that.
I used to sit in the cafe at Barnes and Noble in Fort Myers, FL and listen to this album non-stop in my discman (pre-ipod days), after buying it for myself, after my friend bought her copy. I would read through the latest music-production magazines and just spin this endlessly. It was amazing. Remember when people bought physical CDs? I still do.
I was familiar with Tristeza at the time, and their great album “Dream Signals In Full Circles”. I didn’t realize that this was the guitarist of Tristeza.
Soon after discovering this great record, I set out to collect basically everything from the Album Leaf. Another fantastic album:
A couple songs from the too-short “Seal Beach” EP:
I’ve had a number of people tell me that my instrumental and “prettier” music sounds a lot like The Album Leaf (that is, if they’ve heard of them). It’s a huge compliment. I mean, it makes sense. I put the Fender Rhodes electric piano in nearly all of my songs. It’s probably my all-time favorite instrument.