Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck director Brett Morgen recently revealed that songs he discovered during the making of the film will be released this summer. In a new interview with KCRW (via Billboard), Morgen revealed more details about the project, which technically marks Kurt Cobain’s first solo album.
“I went into the archives — this could be too strong a word — I liberated a lot of material for the film,” Morgen told KCRW’s Kim Masters. “The primary motivation at that moment was for [daughter] Frances [Bean Cobain]. I finished the film and there was all this other music. 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.”
While it was Morgen who tracked through over 200 hours of audio on more than 108 cassettes, he wasn’t forthcoming about who actually owns the material. When asked if the rights laid with Courtney Love, Universal Music, or perhaps himself, Morgen replied, “I assembled it and passed it over to the various other people.”
He added that the “cinematic” songs, some of which have spoken word segments, were never brought to Nirvana. “It feels like you’re in Kurt’s house, watching him create. You’re eavesdropping on him… in the most positive sense of the word, with a great deal of sensitivity, too.”
With the record expected this summer, Montage of Heck is now available on HBO. Below, watch our new video interview with Morgen.