The Elliott Smith documentary Heaven Adores You was released last year, but like Montage of Heck, an accompanying album has yet to be released. Film producer and personal friend of Smith Kevin Moyer has offered an update to Pitchfork on the album’s progress. He says that there should be an announcement from a label regarding track list and release date “in the upcoming weeks,” but offered up a few more details, including that the soundtrack will feature close to 20 songs, a large majority of which have never seen official release. Read the full statement below.
Right now my track list is 20 Elliott songs from the film with only around four or five having been previously released. I spent a lot of time on the song selection and sequence order so that it is hopefully a balance between rough and polished works, early and late career compositions, instrumental and vocals both, and trying to make sure that we showed his evolution as an artist too, but also retaining the story that the film presents as well as making sure that the soundtrack has a good flow and is an enjoyable listen.
For example, the first two songs / the first five minutes of soundtrack are instrumental, they are young tracks, so I think they work there chronologically – both with real life and also the order that they are used and heard in movie – but I think it also symbolically represents the world that we live in now too… a world of music where Elliott’s voice is missing, and that is really fucking sad. So hopefully we can keep him and his memory alive through the movie and of course his music too with this soundtrack release. We are still finishing it all up, but I know that the label plans to make an announcement in the upcoming weeks that will reveal the release date and also the full track list too.