The soundtrack to the new documentary Silicon Cowboys, the story of the rise and fall of one of IBM’s first competitors, doesn’t drop until Friday, but we’ve got the exclusive premiere of two tracks from the album. The score, available on Little Twig Records, was composed by Ian Hultquist, a founding member of the indietronica band Passion Pit. Hultquist, who’s based in Los Angeles, left the band in 2014 to pursue writing music for film, TV, and commercials.
The latest fruits of that labor include “The Race Is On” and the “The Gang of Nine,” two standout tracks from the soundtrack. The songs mix both acoustic and glitchy electronic elements, fitting for a film focused largely on the expansion of the personal computer market in the 1980s.
Silicon Cowboys, also out Friday, traces the founders of the Houston computer company Compaq as they rise from prairie dogs to Wall Street schmoozers, all while directly competing against the big boys of Silicon Valley. Watch the trailer below: