The Under the Banner of Heaven soundtrack includes music by Deniece Williams, Daisy Edgar-Jones and Ron Higgins. This info article contains spoilers for Dustin Lance Black’s FX on Hulu miniseries. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.
Under the Banner of Heaven stars Andrew Garfield as Jeb Pyre, a Mormon detective who investigates a double homicide in 1984. Daisy Edgar-Jones co-stars as Brenda Lafferty, a murder victim who appears in flashback sequences. The storyline follows Jeb as he links members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to a shocking crime. Composer Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam scored the miniseries with Josh Klingoffer (Red Hot Chilli Peppers) and John Wicks (Fitz and the Tantrums); music supervisor Gabe Hilfer (Ozark) assembled the featured needle-drops. Here’s every song in Under the Banner of Heaven, an adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s 2003 book.
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- “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” by Deniece Williams (00:00): The Under the Banner of Heaven soundtrack song begins during an opening landscape shot. Jeb works in his driveway. The music fades as his daughter bikes down a street.
- “The Rose” by Daisy Edgar-Jones (00:18): Brenda performs at a talent contest. She sings a song from the 1979 film The Rose. Allen (Billy Howle) describes Brenda as “perfect” in the 1984 timeline.
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- “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir (00:06): Jeb interrogates Robin (Seth Numrich). He plays music and says, “Oh, that’s good.” Jeb inquires about potential evidence in Robin’s back yard.
- “Here’s a Kiss” by Ron Higgins (00:11): Detective Taba (Gil Birmingham) arrives at the Forest Service building. He asks about reports of gunfire. The Under the Banner of Heaven soundtrack song plays from a radio.
- “The Little Drummer Boy” by Harry Simeone, Henry Onorati, and Katherine Kennicott Davis (00:48): Allen talks about meeting Brenda’s father before proposing. A group of children perform the holiday song at home. Jim and Larea clap as Brenda smiles.
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- “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green (00:06): Bill chews gum after breaking his ankle. He sings the Under the Banner of Heaven soundtrack song while waiting for backup. The track was originally released in 1971.
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Under the Banner of Heaven airs weekly via FX on Hulu. New episodes premiere every Thursday through June 2, 2022. This article about the Under the Banner of Heaven soundtrack will be updated as the series progresses.
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