Red Dead Redemption had an impressive soundtrack — we’re still fans of the theme “Compass” by Jamie Lidell — and Red Dead Redemption 2 is no different. Rockstar already confirmed that artists like Arca and a member of Queens of the Stone Age contributed to the tracklist, but there’s at least one more musician who has snuck into the game without prior notice.
That would be D’Angelo, whose Black Messiah was one of the best albums of 2014. His career spans more than two decades, although he’s as well known for his incisive R&B as his infrequent output. The song that shows up in Red Dead Redemption 2, “May I? Standing Unshaken — Oh Traveller Have a Seat,” is his first new release since Black Messiah.
Depending on how far into the game you are, you may have already heard it. The music-heads who picked up on the track say this plays in the fifth chapter, right between the missions “Paradise Mercifully Departed” and “Dear Uncle Tacitus.” Props to them for picking up on this — critic Craig Jenkins from New York magazine being one of the first — and sharing that with the rest of us. Guess it’s time for us to brush up on our listening skills.
Meanwhile, D’Angelo, ever mysterious, has yet to comment.