7.1.23

Breathe by The Album Leaf










The Album Leaf, the well-known Los Angeles-based electronic artist, Jimmy LaValle begins the new year by showing respect to those who have recently lost their lives in the new song Breathe, which is a deeply nostalgic and delicate track.

Jimmy LaValle comments on the song: “When I created Breathe, it was not about death or loss. But over the time period of finishing it, I’ve lost some close friends and family. Some died of cancer or of COVID, and some took their own life. I started to think about what kind of mindset or headspace you might find yourself in before that moment. What do you do? The thought came from a friend who took his life, he and I collaborated on a still unreleased meditative song, he sent me his raw vocal stem, and within it, he took deep, deep breaths. Not around his words but during the breaks. I can’t imagine how he felt in his last moments, but his deep breaths in that performance gave me hope that in his last moments, he found some sort of inner peace with his choice, and I imagine he took those deep, deep breaths before ending his life.

“In memory of Josh Stoddard, Gabe Serbian, Matt Hoyt, Bruce Byrd, Mark Waters, Richard Swift, Tim Reece, and Ray Espinoza.”

Despite its disheartening theme and obvious frailty, Breathe has a healthy mindset and a hopeful tone.

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The Album Leaf
Cover art by Alex Deamon

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