By Amy Szmik, Copy Editor
[Photo courtesy of Liane Hentscher]
The Last of Us, the hit HBO series based on the critically acclaimed video game, has released the soundtrack for the first season. The soundtrack has been released via Milan Records and was written by Gustavo Santaolalla and David Fleming. Santaolalla has received two Academy Awards in 2005 and 2006 for Brokeback Mountain and Babel.
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The album features 66 tracks, including Nick Offerman’s cover of “Long Long Time” which was popularized by Linda Ronstadt.
“Creating the music for the HBO series based on the video game The Last of Us was, in a way, an expansion of what we have developed and recorded for the first installment of the game,” Santaolalla explained in a statement.
Fleming added to the statement saying, “Working alongside Gustavo has been a true honor. His music for this series is iconic, and it was tremendous fun to play within that sonic universe, while adding some new layers of madness to fit Craig and Neil’s incredible vision for this show. Even at its most aggressive, I wanted the music to feel derived from the real world—bowed steel, cracking wood—these are sounds for a civilization that has rusted and warped. I hope the fans have as much fun diving into this world as I have.”
The Last of Us premiered in January and has been renewed for season two after two episodes had aired. Starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, The Last of Us focuses on survival in a post-apocalyptic world after a viral outbreak occurred 20 years prior.
Listen to the soundtrack below.