Separated at Birth or Plagiarism?


27 Ene 2007, 1:47

I was just listening to some songs at random, when "Shine" by The Album Leaf came on. It sounded very familiar, but somewhat different. "I swear this is a Mogwai tune" I thought to myself. So I put on "Auto Rock" by Mogwai, and goddammit, it sounded very similar. Almost too similar. Plagiarism? Coincidence? I'm not sure.

"Mr. Beast" was released March 7, 2006, while The Album Leaf's "Into The Blue Again" was released on September 12, 2006. I'm still puzzled after reading this review (again from about "Into The Blue Again":

"'LaValle is a musical craftsman, and his productions are thoughtful, economical and warm (most of the record was performed by him alone). Like Sigur Rós, whose studio and string section he's used in the past, LaValle understands the power of muted arrangements, of ringing chords, and of drawing out those chords to exactly the right length before repeating them or moving on." also states:

The Album Leaf opened for Sigur Rós' first tour of the U.S. later that fall. By the time he began recording his third album, he'd secured the services of Sigur Rós' Iceland studios, along with several of its bandmembers."

How has he "used" Sigur Ros' music in the past? I don't think the other songs are remixes or reinterpretations. And I can't find anything about Mogwai.

Does anyone know anything more? Thoughts?

Here are the songs so you can compare yourselves:

The Album Leaf Shine

Mogwai Auto Rock
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  • Televiper

    I think it's quite a stretch to call these two songs THAT similar. On the album In A Safe Place members of Sigur Ros collaborate with him on several songs, and so do members of Amina which of course is the violin quartet that plays with Sigur Ros. Shine sounds similar to the material on In A Safe Place.

    27 Ene 2007, 4:22
  • ChetSparks

    Did you listen to the songs? The Album Leaf track has more drums, but the melody is exactly the same.

    27 Ene 2007, 16:58
  • Televiper

    Vaguely similar at best.

    28 Ene 2007, 2:47
  • knifeintheback

    He used their section by collaborating with them. ...

    29 Ene 2007, 16:49
  • bootzy

    i think the better question is: who cares? not me.

    30 Ene 2007, 2:32
  • Trichiliocosm

    You have somewhat of a point with these songs...the piano chords are quite similar indeed...but...there is no way any of these people involved would be the type to copy off any other band/creative assemblage...for what purpose would this server other than to ruin one's artistic ingenuity and distinct style? If it were the fairies on your t-shirt or some other 12 year old pop shite I'd say you have a valid argument, rather than an observation on similarities and/or coincidences in the indie/post-rock/ambient genre, which this was and is.

    2 Feb 2007, 9:47
  • ChetSparks

    Bootsy- obviously you do care since you posted and both artists are pretty high on your playlist. Trichiliocosm- The shirt? Irony of course. Do you even see them on my playlist? I was surprised to find a used BSB shirt in XL, kinda scary though, the thought of who had it before me. I'm not pointing this out to say someone ripped off someone else. It was more to point out the coincidence and spark a discussion. You seem to be the only one who halfway cares. So, thanks.

    2 Feb 2007, 15:00
  • Trichiliocosm

    well, in that case I still find it a bit odd, especially that - as you said - it runs in XL...I suppose there are some 12 year olds out there who fit the description...just hope the former owner wasn't some fat disgusting pedophile. And about the hat...I prefer the Tigers, which was my reasoning behind that one.'re quite welcome. peace.

    5 Feb 2007, 1:59
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