The soundtrack to the recently premiered adventurer documentary 180º South contains contributions from The Shins' James Mercer, Jack Johnson, Mason Jennings, and a whopping nine songs from Isaac Brock's Ugly Casanova project. These tracks make up the band's first output since Sub Pop put out Sharpen Your Teeth back in 2002. The banjo-carried "Lay Me Down," which closes out the soundtrack, retains the same structure for most of its running time, but ratchets up the intensity bit by bit. By the time the song peaks, the trumpet is cracking, the percussion sounds like it can barely keep up, and Brock has just finished turning in another dangerously engaged vocal performance.
The soundtrack to 180º South comes out on June 22. Check out "Lay Me Down" over at Stereogum.