Jimmy LaValle is a musician and composer who uses synthesizers and effects to create a nuanced palette of textures and dense, evocative atmospheres. His music defies easy categorization, with a style that creates soothing melodies, highlighted by jolts of unexpected dissonance. While drawing inspiration from minimalist composers and sound manipulating, LaValle has developed his own unique method of decorating a film’s sonic space. In 1999, Jimmy LaValle founded THE ALBUM LEAF, a solo studio project turned full-fledged live band.
His original soundtrack work includes Joanna Sokolowski and Kate Trumbull-LaValle’s “Ovarian Psycos”, PJ Raval’s “Before You Know It” and “The Endless” and “Spring”, two narrative features both directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. These award winning films have played successfully at top tier festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival, TriBeca, SXSW, Hot Docs, Seattle International Film Festival, Frameline Film Festival as well as broadcasted on PBS’ Independent Lens. As The Album Leaf, LaValle’s songs have appeared on TV shows including Scandal, Sons of Anarchy, Suits, and more.
“I compose music to compliment the tone of a film,” LaValle says. “The focus is on constructing a mood, using silence as another instrument. I like a dark, melancholic, uplifting quality, which is not as contradictory as it sounds. I find an exclusive aural approach for each film to help create its own environment, its own world – a cohesive structure that aligns with the director’s vision.” LaValle has been composing and playing challenging instrumental music with his band, The Album Leaf, since 1999. He continues to explore the unlimited horizons of sound and composition with his film soundtracks.