Recorded in Iceland with locals and tour-buddies Mum and Sigur Ros, The Album Leaf’s latest, “In a Safe Place,” evokes the glacial majesty of its birthplace. But where his Nordic brethren arch achingly toward the heavens, LaValle seems content by the fire, contemplating the beauty before him through frost-tinted windows. Accordingly, “In a Safe Place” is not for the glare of midday summer. Its soft, fragile melodies require several listens into the wee hours to settle in. Some music burns brightest under the stars.
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