Warren Ellis set to release 'This Train I Ride' film score
(Credit: Warren Ellis)

Warren Ellis set to release ‘This Train I Ride’ film score

Bad Seeds member Warren Ellis will release This Train I Ride-Original Soundtrack through Invada Records.

The Australian musician, who has scored a number of high-profile films such as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Hell or High Water and more, has completed the work on his most recent project This Train I Ride, a documentary film directed by Arno Bitschy.

The film tells the story of women hopping freight trains around America and follows the life-journeys of these women living on the fringe in a rapidly changing country, in their quest for identity, freedom and finding their place in the world.

“This project took flight when I met Arno Bitschy in Paris, February 2019,” Ellis said of his work. “He showed me several sequences with music I had sent to him and I committed without hesitation. The beautiful images and closeness to the women he had achieved over three years, hopping trains with them across the USA, floored me. How he managed to tell their story is a film in itself. Their defiance, quest to be self-reliant and desire to not be victims of the past is so empowering.

“A week later I was walking out of the Metro from a therapy session and received a text from Brian Eno, inviting me to see an orchestra rehearse in Théâtre du Châtelet under the baton of Teodor Currentzis. Serendipity.”

Ellis added: “My idea was to record, collate and produce the music on trains, in the spirit of the women in this documentary. Brian was so encouraging with this approach and told me about a train journey he had taken in the ’80s with no fixed destination. Over the next month I sat with my computer, loops, iPhone, Reface DX synthesiser and forgotten ideas and composed the music on the Metro and Eurostar and in various hotels while working on Ghosteen. I would send the pieces to Arno from the train, or wherever I was located, and he edited them into the film.”

The soundtrack will be released digitally and on vinyl on April 24 on Invada Records. You can listen to two tracks ‘This Train I Ride’ and ‘Because I Was A Girl’ below.  

This Train I Ride Tracklisting:

  1. This Train I Ride
  2. Because I Was A Girl
  3. Westbound
  4. The Rules Concerning Men
  5. Airport Train
  6. I’ll Hop Trains The Rest Of My Life
  7. Freight Train
  8. Mystery Train
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