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The Handsome Family - Wilderness

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"Words that in their everyday surrealism have no parallel in contemporary writing ... Music that mines the deep veins of fatalism in the Appalachian voice." — Greil Marcus

“Yet another fantastic album, in every sense of the word.” – New York Music Daily

"On Wilderness, out May 14, The Handsome Family returns with a concept album about wildlife — each song is named for some creature or other — with an emphasis on nature's capacity for destruction. In 'Caterpillars,' a woman is struck by lightning and struggles to escape the unkind vibrations that haunt her. 'Woodpecker' tells the story of the 'Wisconsin Window Smasher,' Mary Sweeney, from the 1890s — then follows its tragic protagonist to the insane asylum. "The owls, they mock me / and have stolen my pills," Brett Sparks sings at one point in 'Owls.' Animals may burrow in and out of each of these songs, but they're merely helping humanity forge a pathway to madness." — NPR Music

Brett and Rennie Sparks have been collaborating as The Handsome Family for more than 20 years. With lyrics by Rennie and music by Brett, The Handsome Family infuse their singular art with everything from punk rock to folk, and have garnered extensive critical acclaim over the years. Of course, you don’t have to be a music historian to love the complexity of these songs. They are full of romantic longing for nature’s mysterious beauty and the tiny wonders of everyday life. They pair sweet melody with sad harmony, love poetry with dark beats. This music makes you shiver and cry, but also music that makes you happy to be alive.


1. Flies
2. Frogs
3. Eels
4. Octopus
5. Owls
6. Caterpillars
7. Glow Worm
8. Lizard
9. Woodpecker
10. Gulls
11. Spider
12. Widerbeest

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