My mission to get everyone to love The Handsome Family as much as I do, rather than just thinking of them as them-what-done-the-True-Detective-theme continues, with this morning’s rather splendid track from their 2010 album Scattered: A Further Collection of Lost Demos, Orphaned Songs and Odd Covers.
If you’ve not yet fallen for their goth-country charms, I urge you to give this a listen, which is as close to a sing-a-long number that they get:
When I last posted something by The Handsome Family, it was Far From Any Road, the theme tune to TV drama True Detective and was rather well received by y’all.
‘Bout time I posted something else by them, then, so here goes. This from their 2006 album Last Days of Wonder, which sounds like it’s going to be quite an upbeat, summery record until the lyric “Why do you leave a trail of death?Air turns brown, trees fall down” catches your ear and focuses the mind. Yes, we’re in gothic Americana territory here:
I’ve recently *coughs* acquired pretty much their entire back catalogue, so you can probably expect them to pop up more frequently here once I’ve had chance to check it all out. Early signs are that I may be in love with them.
I mentioned in passing a while ago that I was binge-watching the first season of True Detective.
What I forgot to mention was the song used over the opening credits – I hesitate to refer to it as ‘the theme tune’ because that always makes me think of tunes specifically written for the purpose, like The Flintstones or Happy Days, whilst this, as with so many great soundtracks, has been appropriated for use with the series.
Released in 2003, Far From Any Road is a delightfully downbeat slice of bleak Americana, speckled with mournful mariachi brass, and lifted from The Handsome Family’s sixth album Singing Bones: