Under the Banner of Heaven (Original FX Limited Series Soundtrack), a collection of tracks written and recorded by Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam with Josh Klinghoffer (Pluralone) and John Wicks, is now available on all streaming platforms via Hollywood Records.
During an interview with Variety, Jeff Ament revealed that he has been dreaming of writing a score for a television series for 23 years. Among the musical sources of inspiration for the project, the bassist of Pearl Jam cited the masterpiece of Brian Eno Discreet Music, the soundtrack composed by Ry Cooder for Paris, Texas and the more recent scores composed by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.
Ament also revealed that he worked on these songs with Josh Klinghoffer and John Wicks before watching the television series and was inspired by the atmosphere of the book by Jon Krakauer, the author of Into The Wild, entitled Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith and published in 2003.
During the interview, Jeff, who hopes to be able to create more music for movies in the future, also unveiled the strong communication that was born between him and Dustin Lance Black, the producer of the series, shortly after the bassist had started working on the music for this TV series, they started sharing long conversations about art, music, movie-making and the visuals that inspired such Terrence Malick-esque landscapes.
You can listen to Under the Banner of Heaven (Original FX Limited Series Soundtrack) below while you can read the full interview with Jeff Ament on Variety.
Born in Reggio Emilia in 1980. He created pearljamonline.it in 2001 and wrote the first edition of “Pearl Jam Evolution” in 2009 along with his wife Daria. He is collaborating with Barracuda Style and HvsR, he has collaborated with Rolling Stone, Rockol and Il Fatto Quotidiano. Since 2022, he is behind 2 podcasts: “Pearl Jam dalla A alla Z” and “Fuori Orario: Not Another Podcast”. He continues relentlessly to try to find “beautiful melodies that say terrible things”.
Favorite song: Present Tense
Favorite album: No Code
Favorite bands/artists other than PJ: Tom Waits, Ramones, Bruce Springsteen, IDLES, Fontaines D.C., Mark Lanegan, Cat Power, Dead Kennedys