Listen to an Unreleased Track Recorded By 14-Year-Old Elliott Smith
Kevin Moyer, a fellow student of Smith's at Portland's Lincoln High School, produced and supervised the musical direction of the film. On Oct. 5, he stopped by the studios of Portland Radio Project to talk about the movie, and "debuted" a never-before-heard track from a 14-year-old Smith. You can hear the entire interview, and song, in the player below.
The tune, 'Ocean,' is about as lo-fi as it gets, yet somehow that only seems to highlight Smith's raw vulnerability. Drenched with a bright electric guitar and keyboard, even at 14-years-old, the singer-songwriter's natural talent was obvious.
As Moyer describes it:
This song is something from 1984 ... It's interesting because it's one of the first songs that, as [Smith and his childhood friend, Steve Pickering] were writing, that Elliott would make lyrics for. It's keyboards, it's guitars and Elliott singing ... I don't think Elliott was a singer yet at that point ... it's probably one of the first songs that they did that has lyrics ... it's called 'Ocean.'
Moyer introduces the song near the 32-minute mark, and it begins around 32:30:
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