"It feels like you're in Kurt's house, watching him create"
Brett Morgan, director of the recent Kurt Cobain documentary Montage Of Heck, last week revealed plans to release an album of the late Nirvana frontman’s solo recordings after discovering over 200 hours worth of material while researching his film. “It’s not a Nirvana album, it’s just Kurt and you’re going to hear him do things you never expected to come out of him,” he told US publication Bedford + Bowery.
Now, in a new interview with KCRW’s The Business (which is due to air tomorrow but has been previewed by Billboard), Morgen has spoken in more depth about the compilation and his motivations in bringing the project to fruition. “I went into the archives – this could be too strong a word – I liberated a lot of material for the film,” he told host 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.”
Nirvana’s music has been the focus of past legal battles between Cobain’s widow Courtney Love, Universal Music Group and surviving band members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. On whether himself, Love or Universal owned the rights to Kurt’s forthcoming record, Morgan remained coy. “I assembled it and passed it over to the various other people,” he said, declining to expand on the process beyond that.
Either way, Morgen has revealed that the “cinematic” release will feature work Cobain never brought to Nirvana, including some spoken word segments. “It feels like you’re in Kurt’s house, watching him create,” he said. “You’re eavesdropping on him… in the most positive sense of the word, with a great deal of sensitivity, too.”
The record is also expected to feature an acoustic cover of The Beatles’ ‘And I Love Her’. Cobain: Montage of Heck was premiered at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles last month, with Frances Bean Cobain delivering an impromptu speech at the event.