LEGION: Newest Soundtrack from Marvel Comics

Lakeshore Records has released the first two volumes of the Legion – Original Television Soundtrack in digital format and has just announced the upcoming release of the soundtrack on CD (March 24th), with a vinyl release to follow shortly afterwards. The soundtrack album consists of music composed for the series by Jeff Russo, known for his work on the FX series Fargo and the HBO miniseries The Night Of. Legion airs Wednesdays at 10 PM EST and PST, 9 CST on the FX network; created and executive produced by Noah Hawley, the series is already receiving critical acclaim.

“When I first started working on LEGION, the showrunner suggested I read neurologist Oliver Sacks Hallucinations,” said Russo. “It is all about the way that our mind can change our perception of reality and what that says about our brains. It was something that directed me right to where this amazing show was going.”

Legion is based on the Marvel Comics series written by Chris Claremont and illustrated by Bill Sienkiewicz. Legion follows David Heller (portrayed on the TV series by Dan Stevens), who was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a child and has been in and out of hospitals for much of his life. As the series begins, David is in his early 30s and institutionalized, following the familiar rhythms of life in a psychiatric hospital. David has managed to make a friend in the hospital, Lenny (played by Aubrey Plaza), a talkative young woman whose optimism hasn’t been dampened by her lifelong struggle with drugs and alcohol. Things take a turn when a beautiful new patient, Syd (played by Rachel Keller) arrives. Syd and David are immediately drawn to one another and have a shocking experience as she is being discharged from the hospital. The situation leads David to realize that he may not be schizophrenic at all, but a mutant.

David escapes and hides out with his sister, Amy (Katie Aselton). Amy seeks out an unconventional therapist, Melanie Bird (Jean Smart) for David and through a series of events, he ends up in her care. Along with her team, Kerry (Amber Midthunder), Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris) and Cary (Bill Irwin), Dr. Bird lead David to realize that what he thought was a mental illness may in fact represent an entire world of possibilities for him.

“I used many esoteric synths from the 70s including something called a ‘synthi,’ described Russo of his approach to the score. “That along with a traditional cinematic orchestral sound makes up most of the sound of the score. I also used a lot of bowing metals…springs, and different kinds of metal percussion.”

Jeff Russo has become one of the most sought after film and television composers. He has received two Emmy nominations for his work on the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning FX series Fargo; he is currently working on the score for the third season of the series as well as the Starz drama Power. His music is also featured in the acclaimed and Golden Globe-nominated HBO miniseries The Night Of. Additionally, Russo has signed on to score the upcoming feature films Lizzie and Three Christs, along with the Netflix series Altered Carbon.

Jeff Russo isn’t just a film and television composer. He is also a founding member and lead guitarist of the rock band Tonic, as well as being a co-writer of many of the group’s songs. Tonic are a multi-platinum selling, two-time Grammy-nominated band best known for their Number One hit “If You Could Only See.”

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