The Album Leaf Announces First New Record in 7 Years, Shares New Song ‘Near’ With Bat for Lashes

    Jimmy LaValle, aka the Album Leaf, has announced his first new LP in seven years. Future Falling, the follow-up to 2016’s Between Waves, lands on May 5 via Nettwerk. Today’s announcement comes with the release of the new single ‘Near’, a collaboration with Bat for Lashes’ Natasha Khan. Check it out and find the album artwork and tracklist below.

    “I had sent Natasha a song I was working on to see if she’d be up collaborating,” LaValle said of ‘Near’ in a statement. “We spent an afternoon in my studio while she sang a handful of ideas over the piece. I took those ideas and created something new inspired by her vocal. I really wanted to create something to support the dreamlike narrative she was painting. It was all very natural.”

    Khan added: “We worked organically, I was building vocals over Jimmy’s music; playing with melodies and words… he then took it away and sculpted it into what became ‘Near.’ The imagery was of going deep into a dark forest with a small glimmer of safety, something precious and secret. Sort of an ambient fairytale. It was very spontaneous and fun to improvise.”

    Talking about the process behind Future Falling, LaValle explained:

    During the pandemic, I created new music almost daily. I had amassed a daunting amount of new material that I felt connected with, that it almost acted more like a road block. I experimented with a lot of audio manipulating, learning new tricks and staying true to my love of analogue synthesizers. I finally settled on a collection of songs, and after second-guessing all of them, I reached out to multiple friends and collaborators to contribute. With those contributions, I was able to craft a record that represents both the time I spend alone discovering and creating while keeping the collaborative spirit that I have always been inspired by.

    Future Falling Cover Artwork:

    Future Falling Tracklist:

    1. Prologue
    2. Dust Collects
    3. Afterglow [feat. Kimbra]
    4. Breathe
    5. Future Falling
    6. Cycles
    7. Give in
    8. Stride
    9. Near [feat. Bat for Lashes]
    10. Epilogue

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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