Ryan Gosling drops imaginary girlfriend, lands record deal

8 07 2009

By Jill Menze (@jillmenze)

Any time children are involved in a video I get a little creeped out, and any time an actor makes the transition into music, I get a little suspicious. But on the other hand, any time Ryan Gosling (“Half Nelson,” “Lars and the Real Girl”) puts his name to something, I get a little excited. So with a hopeful grain of salt I first checked out Dead Man’s Bones, the musical collaboration between Gosling and Zach Shields. And I was pleasantly surprised — the two first bonded over a shared interest in ghosts, and that influence is heard throughout their music, the result sounding like a haunting, Arcade Fire-like score to a film (think affected vocals, eerie piano lines, the aforementioned children’s choir). They even play in cemeteries (eek!) (see “Name in Stone” below).

Dead Man’s Bones is now signed to Anti-, who will release the duo’s self-titled debut on Oct. 6. Gosling and Shields played all the instruments on the album, some of which they’d never used before, and enlisted the help of Tim Anderson of I’m a Robot to produce the set. So with an October release, will we get a lot of fun, Halloween-related viral videos to help push the album?!? I hope so, but please, leave the kiddies at home.

DEAD MAN’S BONES – “NAME IN STONE” from biz3 publicity on Vimeo.

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