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Ryan Gosling’s Dead Man’s Bones

Actor, Ryan Gosling and friend, Zach Shields, have been working on Dead Man’s Bones for a couple years. It looks like the project started out as a theater production but turned into a musical project. They recruited a children’s choir and were in the final mixing phase in January, planning on releasing the project sometime around June.


Both admit that they are not experts at singing or playing instruments, but it’s the process that they love and they want to create something slightly amateur, giving it the feel of a children’s innocent crayon drawing. I love how Gosling explains it in their Pitchfork.com interview:
“You know when you’re a kid and you get crayons and papers and just draw whatever you want and it’s just a bunch of messy lines, but to you it makes sense, and then they put it on the fridge? From that point on, you’re always trying to get back on the fridge, you start drawing things that look like something, like, the more it looks like a horse, the more chance you have of getting it on the fridge. We wanted to get back to that place before we were trying to make the fridge.”

That’s what I love about independent music. People are allowed to create what they personally want and the final product sounds like you’re right there during the creative process. You feel like you’re watching the piece of art take shape and the excitement of creation comes through in the raw performance. The product isn’t perfected with computers and technical tricks to cover up the humanity of the artists. It’s all right there for the listener to hear. If a listener finds perfection and quality as a priority, then they may find this music unlistenable.

You’ll find their newest music video in the Fetched Videos. Very low quality sound recording but it almost sounds like something that was dug up from the 1930’s. Strangely intriguing…beautiful?

visit Dead Man’s Bones’ MySpace page >>>


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