Dead Man's Bones is the moniker for the collaboration between actor, Ryan Gosling, and Zach Shields. They have written an album creepy enough to be played at any kids halloween party just after "The Monster Mash". The duo recorded the entire album with a children's choir from Los Angeles giving the music a strange parallel in vocals that I didn't expect. The self titled album is very dark and cryptic but it is played in such a way that makes me want to keep listening. Dead Man's Bones instrumentation is surprisingly good, including Ryan's piano playing that has the vaudeville style similar to artists like "The Arcade Fire." Who would have thought Noah from The Notebook would come out with an album that sounds pretty damn good. Upon further reading I discovered that Ryan was on The Mickey Mouse club along with Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and other early 00's popstars. I hope his former mouseketeers have found this album and can take a little inspiration from it.
RIYL: Tom Waits, The Arcade Fire, "The Monster Mash"