[mp3] The Handsome Family - "When You Whispered"

To celebrate their 20th anniversary as a married couple (God bless ‘em), Brett and Rennie Sparks, the songwriting duo behind the gothic-Americana of The Handsome Family, set about recording their 8th proper studio record, Honey Moon. I never really dove head first into this band’s catalog other than the excellent Through The Trees from 1998 and a handful of various other songs from over the years (“Drunk By Noon”, “# 1 Country Song”, “So Much Wine”, and “No One Fell Asleep Alone”, specifically), but that was never by choice so much as circumstance. You can’t listen to everything, can you? The husky baritone of Brett has always given heft to the dark, naturalistic lyrics penned by his wife, and on the new album that tried and true formula is still at work. Though maybe not the best album to start with for new listeners, Honey Moon continues The Handsome Family’s unique take on folk music and should certainly appeal to long time followers of the band. Honey Moon comes out on April 14 through Carrot Top Records.

MP3 :: When You Whispered
Stream :: Darling My Darling
Stream :: My Friend
(from Honey Moon. Pre-order here)

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