12 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields originally wanted to film a horror musical using these spooky folky tunes, but instead decided to only pursue the songs. The duo met via their girlfriends and bonded over horror movies, sci-fi books and music. Before recording, they laid down some rules — no electric guitars, no click-tracks, and ditch any part that went over three takes. They also took on some instruments unfamiliar to them prior to rolling tape. And with ample help from the children of the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, the end result is a wonderfully eerie album of psychedelic haunted house music with obvious nods to the Langley Schools Music Project. “Dead Hearts” sets the tone mildly with hushed crooning before the song gets orchestral and glass can be heard shattering in the background. The creepy “In The Room Where You Sleep” is as disturbing as it is cool, sounding at times like the Arcade Fire playing through a bad trip. Celebrity aside, the kids are the brightest stars here, especially on the contagiously fun ‘50s-inspired monster mash, “My Body’s a Zombie For You.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields originally wanted to film a horror musical using these spooky folky tunes, but instead decided to only pursue the songs. The duo met via their girlfriends and bonded over horror movies, sci-fi books and music. Before recording, they laid down some rules — no electric guitars, no click-tracks, and ditch any part that went over three takes. They also took on some instruments unfamiliar to them prior to rolling tape. And with ample help from the children of the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, the end result is a wonderfully eerie album of psychedelic haunted house music with obvious nods to the Langley Schools Music Project. “Dead Hearts” sets the tone mildly with hushed crooning before the song gets orchestral and glass can be heard shattering in the background. The creepy “In The Room Where You Sleep” is as disturbing as it is cool, sounding at times like the Arcade Fire playing through a bad trip. Celebrity aside, the kids are the brightest stars here, especially on the contagiously fun ‘50s-inspired monster mash, “My Body’s a Zombie For You.”

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