THE PRESS RELEASE: “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 founded The Album Leaf, a solo studio project turned 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 — and it’s clear that The Album Leaf is unafraid of thinking outside the box, both as an individual artist & within the larger scope of modern music. Over time, The Album Leaf (now based in Los Angeles) has grown from a side endeavor to LaValle’s main focus. The bandhas 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.”
MY TWO CENTS: Is this an actual soundtrack, an imaginary soundtrack, an album that just seems like a soundtrack or a compilation of Jimmy LaValle and The Album Leaf’s various TV and film soundtracks? I don’t really know; I couldn’t find any info about this album online. But ultimately, it doesn’t matter. LaValle’s ambient instrumental vignettes — sometimes soothing, sometimes ominous, sometimes quietly propulsive — can serve as a fine soundtrack to anything you see fit.