Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Hottest State...Original Motion Picture by Jesse Harris and various artists

The soundtrack for the film, The Hottest State, isn't just another compilation of songs pulled out of obscurity and thrown together for a movie companion piece. If anything, this album could also be categorized as a tribute record. The album features sixteen songs, plus two score passages, all recorded exclusively for the film by some of the finest names in music today, all for the benefit of paying tribute to one of the brightest new song-writing talents in the last two decades: Jesse Harris. Grammy winning singer/songwriter Jesse Harris wrote all the music for the soundtrack and serves as the album's co-executive producer along with the film's director/screenwriter/producer, Ethan Hawke. Together, they assembled a peerless group of artists to record Harris' songs: Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Cat Power, Bright Eyes, Feist, The Black Keys, M. Ward, Brad Mehldau, Tony Scherr and Argentinian newcomer, Rocha. 

Adapted by Ethan Hawke from his novel of the same name, The Hottest State is a bitter-sweet romance that distils the joy, pain, erotic highs, and emotional lows of first love. 


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