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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross unveil Watchmen soundtrack Vol. 1: Stream

Nine Inch Nails collaborators will release three volumes of their score for the HBO series

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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross scoring HBO’s Watchmen
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    Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have released the first volume of their soundtrack for HBO’s Watchmen. Stream it below via Apple Music and Spotify.

    The latest original score from the Nine Inch Nails collaborators is also their largest to date. As previously reported, their Watchmen OST consists of 39 tracks spread out over three volumes. Physical copies of Vol. 1 became available on Monday of this week; Vol. 2 will follow on November 25th and Vol. 3 is due out on December 16th. The packaging for each release “explores the culture of Watchmen America and provides revealing insights into the saga’s mythology and mysteries,” according to a press release.

    Update: You can now stream Vol. 2 in full.

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    Speaking with Rolling Stone about why they chose to split their Watchmen score over three volumes, Reznor explained,

    “Well, we’re having some fun with the way that it’s released. There are a number of reasons behind doing that. One is there is quite a bit of music, and I think when you drop a big chunk — a couple hours’ worth of music — on the public these days, that’s a good way to get 90 percent of it ignored. So breaking it up is good. The motivation wasn’t to monetize it three times; that wasn’t what the deciding factor was. And we’re putting it out on vinyl because we’ve been on a physical-object kick. Speaking for myself, that’s for nostalgic reasons. I’m looking at a shelf full of vinyl albums right now, and it that feels a little different than something that’s a cloud-based file, which feels a little disposable. They also tie into Watchmen. Let’s put it this way: We overthought it.”

    Late last month, Ross and Reznor shared the “Watchmen End Credits”, and you can now hear Vol. 1 in its entirety below. Vinyl copies and pre-orders for the other two volumes are available to purchase via Nine Inch Nails’ website.

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    Watchmen Soundtrack Vol. 1 Tracklist:
    01. How the West Was Really Won
    02. Orphans of Krypton
    03. Garryowen
    04. Nun with a Motherf*&*ng Gun
    05. Objects in Mirror (Are Closer Than They Appear)
    06. Kattle Battle
    07. American Promo Story
    08. I’ll Wait
    09. Trigger Warning
    10. The Brick
    11. Never Surrender
    12. Müller Time
    13. Owl Hunts Rat
    14. Absent Friends and Old Ghosts
    15. Watch Over This Boy

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