Win Tickets ($60): The Album Leaf @ Mission Theater | Ambient, Electronic

We are giving you another chance to WIN a pair of tickets to The Album Leaf @ Mission Theater on May 17. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed May 8.


From our sponsors:
The Album Leaf
May 17, 2023
7PM Doors, 8PM Show | $25 ADV, $30 Doors | All Ages
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Mission Theater
1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

Over the past two decades, The Album Leaf’s Jimmy LaValle has known music as a daily pursuit. Each morning he enters his studio with a disciplined work ethic, balancing concrete objectives with the open-ended intention of simply writing something. On top of six solo albums and myriad other releases, the routine has amassed a vast library of experiments; he gravitates back to some, tinkering, building, refining, and putting aside again in a cycle of constant production. He last released a full-length album in 2016; NPR praised Between Waves, noting the “cinematic sprawl… an evocation of drama, loss and fraught emotional atmosphere,” and it’s no surprise in the time since LaValle has become prolific in the film scoring space. The techniques of soundtracking now influence how he writes, and the deadline-oriented nature of these projects was a welcome counterbalance to the more nebulous “next record.” As timelines stretched, ideas for LP7 surpassed two hundred demos, signaling styles, patterns, and pathways that could go in a dozen directions. FUTURE FALLING outlines one such sequence from the puzzle that stood out, ten striking arrangements coiling out of his hard drives and into the ether as a fluid, cohesive, and definitive set. FUTURE FALLING exhibits LaValle as emblematically inquisitive and renewed by outside perspectives. LaValle works with an array of other musicians, shaping melodic and meditative electro-organic music with contributions from Bat For Lashes, Kimbra, and many others. The music registers a shade darker and more synth-driven than most moments in his acclaimed catalog, a bridge between shadowy, cerebral terrain and dreamy precision pop, where softly percussive frameworks meet shimmering sound design and emotive instrumentation. LaValle sees The Album Leaf itself in cycles – spinning from solo outlet to full band and back in its nearly 25 years – and with FUTURE FALLING, he flourishes at a pivotal stage in the story, revealing an expanded sense of space.

The idea of the album has taken many shapes; at one point, between label contracts at the time, LaValle considered releasing volumes or small batches of tracks against the grain of industry expectations or bypassing The Album Leaf altogether with a new alias. Another notion that was ultimately abandoned was a record comprised entirely of collaborations; that process did yield several tracks that now serve as highlights on FUTURE FALLING, his first album of new material with Vancouver’s Nettwerk Records. The sequence LaValle settled on, mixed by Joshua Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv), is a masterful exercise in pacing; the music meanders, pulses, and arcs in a way that arrests attention.




  1. Myranda on April 18, 2023 at 12:51 pm

    The Album Leaf has accompanied me on many long drives and helped me fall asleep. I would love to see them live with my partner~

  2. Charlie Y. on April 20, 2023 at 6:08 pm

    The Album Leaf and Boards of Canada… Two of the most inventive, creative forces of relaxing and meditative music in the past 20+ years. What a treat it would be to see A.L. live.

  3. Alex on April 22, 2023 at 5:02 pm

    My partner and I have always dreamed of seeing Album Leaf together! We love putting them on the living room speaker while we cook dinner together after work. It is our daily ritual! They have a great sound, can’t imagine it live.

  4. Kelly on April 22, 2023 at 5:32 pm

    The Album Leaf has been a soundtrack to my and my partners life. We’d love to see him in a smaller setting like Mission Theater!

  5. Nik on April 22, 2023 at 5:37 pm

    “Writings on the wall” of PdxPipeline feels like a perfect way to win tix to this !
    (If you’re not familiar with this Album Leaf song, please give it a listen!)

  6. Jessica on April 25, 2023 at 7:14 pm

    I listen to them every night before I go to bed. It’s my relax music. I’d love to see them live

  7. Dan on May 3, 2023 at 10:04 am

    Use to listen to them all the time in college and would be great to see live

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