Palo Alto may be based on the coming of age short stories of James Franco, but the film and its dreamy accompanying soundtrack is largely a Coppola family affair. Directed by Gia Coppola, the granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola, the soundtrack features four songs from Rooney's Robert Schwartzman (cousin of Gia), as well as a track from Coconut Records, which is the recording moniker of Robert's actor/rocker brother Jason Schwartzman. Its score, however, is provided by mulit-faceted Englishman Devonté Hynes, better known by his pseudonym Blood Orange, and Lightspeed Champion, and while he's only responsible for the lush and languid title cut (his other two selections are previously issued tracks from 2013's excellent Blood Orange-issued Cupid Deluxe), it sets the (vaguely David Lynch-ian) tone for everything that follows. Elsewhere, two of the film's stars, Nat Wolff and Jack Kilmer, get in on the action, providing a pair of ramshackle tunes, Canadian lo-fi dream pop confectioner Mac DeMarco surrenders the sleepy "Ode to Viceroy" from his 2012 sophomore outing 2, and Florida-based electro-slacker rockers Tonstartssbandht offer up the hypnotic "5FT7," rounding out a curious collection of druggy, ambient pop that dutifully mimics the permeable pleasures of both summer and youth.
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AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger