More Kurt Cobain Solo Album Details Emerge In ‘Montage Of Heck’ Interview

Carl Williott | May 7, 2015 11:45 am

Now that HBO’s has aired Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, director Brett Morgen has begun to talk up his next project: an album of unreleased Cobain solo material stemming from the film and planned for this summer. One previously unheard recording that appeared in the documentary was Cobain’s solo cover of The Beatles’ “And I Love Her,” but Morgen told KCRW’s Kim Masters that the forthcoming album contains much more music that didn’t make it into the film.

As part of his research for the documentary, Morgen was given unprecedented access to the late Nirvana front man’s art and personal recordings, which comprised some 200 hours of unreleased audio. Last week, Morgen revealed some of these raw songs would be compiled for the very first album of Cobain solo material. In a preview of his KCRW interview provided to Billboard, Morgen offers a little more insight into what fans can expect from the project.

“I finished the film and there was all this other music,” he told Masters. “No one asked me to do anything. I just started cutting the thing together and telling the estate they should put this out. Initially, I thought it would be a nice complement to the film… I don’t have any financial stake in the album.”

Details are scant in the snippet of their chat that’s been posted, but Morgen did mention the release will feature spoken word interludes from Cobain. Morgen also repeated that he’s not involved in the business end of the album. When asked who has the rights to the release, Morgen answered, “I assembled it and passed it over to the various other people.”

Previously, Morgen told Bedford And Bowery that the album “will feel like you’re kind of hanging out with Kurt Cobain on a hot summer day in Olympia, Washington, as he fiddles about,” adding that “it’s not a Nirvana album, it’s just Kurt and you’re going to hear him do things you never expected to come out of him.”

Morgen’s full interview with KCRW’s The Business airs Friday (May 8).