The Mess Hall Band’s Jed Kurzel Scores The Sounds Of The Old West In Sundance Film Festival Winning Buddy Western
John MacLean was once a member of the Beta Band, the great and influential and weirdly underrated Scottish group. He directed some of their videos, and after the group’s breakup, he became a filmmaker. His first movie is Slow West, the new indie Western with Michael Fassbender. The composer Jed Kurzel did most of the Slow West score, but MacLean got one contribution from a band who almost certainly carries some Beta Band influence, the London art-poppers Django Django. Their song “Slow West” is a driving acoustic-guitar instrumental… –Stereogum
Slow West (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is out now via Lakeshore Records. The album features score by Jed Kurzel (The Babadook, Macbeth). Jed is known for being the frontman of Australia’s award-winning The Mess Hall band. In addition, songs by Werner, Bryan Michael Mills, and Django Django. Preview the album below and see Slow West now playing in UK cinemas!
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Set at the end of the 19th Century, Slow West follows the story of sixteen-year-old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) as he journeys across the American Frontier in search of the woman he loves, accompanied by a mysterious traveller named Silas (Michael Fassbender). Set in 19th Century Colorado but undeniably European in sensibility, Slow West tells the story of sixteen-year-old Jay Cavendish as he travels from Scotland to Colorado in pursuit of his lost love. He is quickly confronted by the dangers of the Frontier and so teams up with a mysterious traveller named Silas, who agrees to protect him – for a price. Jay’s quest will be one of double-crossing, violence and peril as the guileless adolescent learns that the West takes no pity, least of all on the innocent.
Slow West opens in UK and Ireland cinemas on June 26.