A recent tweet from singer/songwriter Lotte Kestner revealed that song “True Faith” from the most recent trailer for The Last of Us 2 was a copy of her rendition. The original song was written and performed by New Order, and the rights for the song were likely obtained through them and not Kestner, hence the oversight.
Both versions from Kestner and Ellie feature haunting humming-like vocals over an acoustic guitar. It is this similarity that led Kestner to believe that the song was a copy of hers, and rightfully so.
She tweeted to Naughty Dog and Neil Druckmann a week ago, “Hey, are you aware the that the True Faith cover you put in your Last of Us 2 trailer is a replica of my cover that came out 10 years ago? I wrote original parts not in the original song that are copied exactly by whoever covered it. I am heartbroken.”
Writer/Director of The Last of Us 2, Neil Druckmann has since tweeted a public apology to Kestner.
“Ellie’s rendition of “True Faith” was inspired by Lotte Kestner’s haunting cover of the song. Due to an oversight on our end, she wasn’t credited as intended. Our deep apologies — we are rectifying this ASAP. We hope that @lottekestner receives the recognition she deserves.”
Kestner has since replied on twitter saying “So proud this music has found a home in such an amazing project. Thanks to Neil, Naughty Dog and everyone at Sony.”
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For those who want to check out Kestner’s rendition of the New Order song, visit her bandcamp.