Lakeshore Records will release the Slow West – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on May 19 and on CD June 23, 2015. The album features the film's original score by Jed Kurzel and performances by The Mess Hall band.
"John is a very talented songwriter and musician in his own right," said Kurzel of the film's writer/director John Maclean, who was a member of The Beta Band. "He was able to communicate ideas very clearly. We talked about the music being simple, melodic, uncluttered and honest. You wouldn't know it from hearing the eventual score, but I remember our discussions revolving around hip-hop a lot of the time and what makes it so effective. I don't think I could have had those conversations with another director."
"We steered away from anything typically 'western' and went for something bittersweet, more in tune with Jay's journey," said Kurzel. "A score that, like Jay, is European at heart and at odds with the brutality of the American West."
A24 and DIRECTV present Slow West exclusively available now on DIRECTV and in theaters and On Demand May 15, 2015.