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Spring: Love is a Monster–Original Score

The haunting, acclaimed soundtrack to Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson’s romantic-horror film, Spring, is available on iTunes, Amazon, and other digital platforms. The album features the critically acclaimed film’s original score composed by solo artist, The Album Leaf’s Jimmy LaValle, who has also toured with Sigur Rós.



Spring is directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead and stars Lou Taylor Pucci, Nadia Hilker, and Francesco Carnelutti. The film follows a troubled American backpacker, Evan (Taylor), recovering from the recent passing of his mother. While in Italy, he starts a passionate romance with the beautiful but mysterious Louise (Hilker), a geneticist. As their relationship becomes more and more serious,  revelations about who and what Louise actually is reveals a dark and unexpected nightmare that threatens to destroy their new-found happiness. The film is in select theaters and available on VOD via Drafthouse Films and FilmBuff. To learn more about the film, visit the official movie website.


LaValle’s score only heightens the tension and provides added creepiness to the scenes that feature body horror. As any lover of Lovecraftian horror knows, you always need a good tune to go with the scene that features the primordial tentacle monster devouring its prey.

LaValle has also talked about his inspiration for the album, highlighting the assistance of his wife and son.

“I created the soundtrack to Spring in just over a few months, first approaching the main tones that I wanted to repeat to follow the characters. There are many tense and suspenseful moments in the film and I wanted to be able to add to the intensity of these scenes in a unique way, so I began to sample a Chinese musical bowl, various music boxes, and other odd objects that I could stretch out the waveforms to create eerie ambient drones. During the process, my wife and son came in to say hello and she suggested that I sample our eight-month-old son’s voice, which I ultimately used quite heavily throughout the score. Once I had my sounds, absolutely everything else fell in place.”

The soundtrack is now available on Amazon.


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