Thursday night The Album Leaf returned to Johnny Brenda’s, a Philly venue that Jimmy LaValle and band have played several times in the past, and this time they brought a newly released album, Between Waves, on a new record label (Relapse Records) to showcase. The Album Leaf delivered an awe-inspiring performance filled with lush soundscapes, subtle visuals, beaming lights, machine-made haze, and an overwhelmingly beautiful ambiance. Some things that I have become accustomed to when involving a The Album Leaf performance. But strip away all the added elements and get to the core of the music and it is still simply amazing. Wow!
Rituals of Mine was Thursday night’s opening band. I don’t remember much from the first time I saw Rituals of Mine (at the time they were known as Sister Crayon) open for The Album Leaf several years ago at Johnny Brenda’s except the intense energy that the vocalist had and thankfully Terra Lopez has not lost that energy. It makes her connection to Rituals of Mine’s music pure and uninhibited after all, what might seem like stage gaffes are actually things that happen when you’re completely in the moment like Lopez was.
Thursday night turned out to be a wonderful night of music thanks to The Album Leaf and Rituals of Mine.