Although he passed away on April 5, 1994, later this year (in November) Kurt Cobain will be releasing new material. . . . well, sort of. Here’s what we mean. Director Brett Morgen has put out a new documentary entitled Montage of Heck. (The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival which was followed by a worldwide limited theatrical release. Previously, the film premiered in the United States on HBO on May 4, 2015) . Nominated for a number of Emmy Awards including Outstanding Documentary, according to the film’s website it returned to theaters on August 7. But now word comes down that after Morgen–while filming the documentary–had combed through more than 100 cassette tapes of never-before-heard recordings made by Cobain that a decision was made to release the material as a new album. Said Morgen:
“When I first heard it, I was in the storage facility and I had no prior knowledge of it. I put it on and I immediately felt like there was some sort of portal into his mind, like it was one of the most pure expressions of Kurt that I encountered — maybe more than in most of his songs,”
According to Morgen, the as-yet-untitled LP will arrive on November 6 which is the same day as the film’s release via CD and Blue-Ray. Morgen also said that the forthcoming album will contain all of the music featured in the film, plus a dozen additional tracks, “audio montages,” and even a comedy sketch.
Morgen added that the new material is really “Kurt by himself with the guitar. These aren’t multi-track, finished songs or work-ups, but they’re extraordinary, and I think they provide a tremendous insight into his [i.e., Cobain’s] [creative] process. I think they further our understanding of Kurt, both as a musician and as a man.”
Critical review of the Montage of Heck has generally been positive with many commentators drawing on the humanizing aspect of Cobain which is portrayed in the film. However, it’s worth noting that a close friend of Cobain–Buzz Osbourne (founding member of The Melvins)–has decried that 90% of the film is bull-s&$@#. Stay tuned on this one.