I recently received the obscenely good news that Bill Herzog, one of this city's most talented stand-up bass players has landed himself prime placement on the soundtrack of Jim Jarmusch's forthcoming film, The Limits of Control. The indie cinema heavyweight was apparently very fond of Sunn O))), the experimental psych-artists that Herzog has collaborated with in several contexts, both by himself and with his colleagues in Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter. What's more, it sounds like Seattle players are all over the soundtrack, including members of Earth and former Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil. I talked to Hertzog briefly about how all this awesomeness transpired, and here's what he had to say:
"My involvement with The Limits of Control soundtrack personally, is a music piece that plays about different four times in the movie, at transition points when the protagonist, played by Isaach De Bankole, ( that rad chisled faced dude that's in a lot of Jarmusch movies), sets out on each new branch of the tale. It is probably the most used piece of music in the movie. The song is called "N.L.T." and comes from the last Sunn O))) record called Altar. It's a duet between me and the drummer from Boris named Atsuo. It's probably the first fully acoustic Sunn track, it's Atsuo on bowed cymbal and me on bowed upright bass, but very very heavy sounding."
(more with Herzog and the film's trailer after the jump)
Most of The Limits of Control soundtrack is from bands on the Southern Lord record label which is owned and run by Greg Anderson, who is originally from Ballard (and from the bands Sunn O))), Thors Hammer, Engine Kid, Galleons Lap, and Brotherhood). Greg was contacted by Jim Jarmusch directly about the movie due to his of his love for Sunn O))) and his record label Southern Lord. From what I hear, Jim was pretty great to work with and really knows and loves good music. Jarmusch is known to weave strong threads of consistency with each movie, it's one of his strengths, and he did it again."
"The soundtrack is credited to Boris but it has just as much or more Seattle as Japan. An Earth song is featured well in the movie, from their record The Bees Made Honey in the Lions Skull. There's also a Sunn O))) track called Blood Swamp from the album Altar which has guests Kim Thayil, and Rex Ritter (of Jessamine)."