Guys, on this day, July 4th in the year of our Lord Yeezus 2013, what is a more patriotic, powerful symbol than Halloween music?
I almost made the executive decision to switch today’s album, Dead Man’s Bones’ eponymous debut, with the album due up on Halloween this year, the second disc of Say Anything’s In Defense of the Genre. But then I didn’t, because America.
Dead Man’s Bones is the brainchild of some guy named Zach Shields and Ryan Gosling. Yes, that Ryan Gosling, of Ryan Gosling won’t his cereal fame:
At 11 songs and an intro, Dead Man’s Bones makes me resent Ryan Gosling on a whole new level. Genuine dismay that one person can be so good-looking and talented in so many different forms of entertainment. I mean, damn Ryan, why do you have to shame the rest of your gender like that, homey?
Featuring The Silverlake Conservatory of Music Children’s Choir on many of its tracks, Dead Man’s Bones is creepy and eerie, but not so much to the point of not being able to enjoy it when it’s not the month of October. That’s hard to say for a lot of other holiday music.
Think about it: can you really appreciate Christmas music year round? It’s just not the same to hear “White Christmas” or “Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto” outside of the months of November and December.
Thankfully, “In the Room Where You Sleep” is the only track that gets close to being this album’s version of “Monster Mash” – but even the previous statement is debatable because the keyboard sequences that power the song are more twee than they are spooky-scary.
The Children’s Choir is what really puts Dead Man’s Bones over the top – playing the part of a collective third member rather than a gimmicky sideshow. Hey, I made a pun.
Tracks like “Pa Pa Power” or the acoustic-driven “Paper Ships” see the chillens excelling, transforming simple indie rock songs into an experience, much in the same way strings would do. Plus when all those kids grow up, they can brag about how they performed with the early 21st century’s Gene Autry, except… a reference they would understand. Marky Mark?
The point is this: save some talent for the rest of civilization, Gosling.
From the man who is the reason I own the Drive soundtrack (on pink Mondo vinyl, suckassssssss), this is “Pa Pa Power” –
Standout tracks: “My Body’s a Zombie for You” and “In The Room Where You Sleep”
Weakest track: “Werewolf Heart” just because it’s not “WEREWOLF BAR MITZVAH!”*
RIYL: Groovie Goolies, Boris Pickett, The Munsters.
HOLIDAY BONUS VIDEOS!:
Happy 4th, you Americans. Their anthem is better.
The most important video I’ll ever include here.