Fresh off of their score for the Oscar-nominated film Hell or High Water, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have created the soundtrack for the promising thriller Wind River, and you can now listen to the masterful duo’s latest haunting creation from said soundtrack, “First Journey,” exclusively at Paste.
Directed by Taylor Sheridan in his directorial debut, Wind River stars acting heavyweights Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen. Olsen plays a rookie FBI agent who travels to the remote Wind River Native American Reservation in Wyoming to investigate the murder of a young Native girl. As a local gametracker who has mastered the lay of the land, Renner’s character becomes her partner, and the two attempt to untangle the mysterious circumstances surrounding the girl’s death.
Cave and Ellis say of the film’s soundtrack, “[It] was first and foremost the incessant wind or the grieving silence of the snow. Amid those elemental forces we made a kind of ghost score where voices whisper and choirs rise up and die away and electronics throb and pulse.” They also added, “It was a huge pleasure to work with Taylor Sheridan as he seemed to have a unique understanding of the power of music, that it could become the second-voice in the film.”
Listen to “First Journey” below and check out the Wind River trailer beneath that. The soundtrack will be released via Lakeshore Records and Invada Records on Aug. 4, the same day the film hits theaters.