Exclusive: Interview…The Album Leaf’s Jimmy LaValle on Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s ‘Synchronic’

The Album Leaf has been making its mark as a soft-spoken innovator steadily and surely since 1999. One year after forming the influential San Diego instrumental group Tristeza, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Jimmy LaValle turned the solo studio project into a full-fledged live band.

The diversity of The Album Leaf’s music is second only to the diversity of the music that has inspired LaValle through the years – the artist has named everything from German Ambient/Pysch bands like Can, Cluster and Harmonia to traditional mariachi music, electronic music and Brian Eno as some of his primary influences. Icelandic band Sigur Rós discovered LaValle and took The Album Leaf on tour with them in the US, garnering the band wide exposure and recognition.

The Album Leaf has toured extensively across the globe, and many of the band’s songs have appeared on TV shows including Scandal, Sons of Anarchy, Suits, and more. In 2019, The Album Leaf scored the third film from writer/director team Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead. Going from Spring to The Endless to Synchronic, LaValle’s music weaves another nebulous and atmospheric sonic blanket that elevates the already impressive story. Milan Records will release the soundtrack to Synchronic on 1/15.

For fans of The Album Leaf, Jimmy will be playing a Live Stream on Friday JAN 22, 2021 at 6pm PT. Click here for more info:

Joining us for this trip down memory lane with Jimmy, as well as a mind-bending detour down Benson Drive and Moorhead Boulevard, is our good friend Bryan Kluger of BoomStickComics. Oh, and in a bit of an exclusive, we learned that Jimmy created the start up and shut down sounds for the new Powerbeats high-performance wireless earphones by Beats. Very, very cool!!

Enjoy our chat with Jimmy LaValle!

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Exclusive Track: “Please Don’t” from Synchronic

When New Orleans paramedics and longtime best friends Steve (Anthony Mackie) and Dennis (Jamie Dornan) are called to a series of bizarre, gruesome accidents, they chalk it up to the mysterious new party drug found at the scene. But after Dennis’s oldest daughter suddenly disappears, Steve stumbles upon a terrifying truth about the supposed psychedelic that will challenge everything he knows about reality—and the flow of time itself.

You can learn more about Jimmy at his personal site, and The Album Leaf at their official website: