Sure, sure, he was in that sob-fest, The Notebook, a few years back, but other than that Ryan Gosling has a pretty impressive string of film performances in flicks like The Believer and Lars and the Real Girls. And now, as it turns out, he’s got a musical bone or two in his body. Some dudes have all the luck.
Gosling’s band, Dead Man’s Bones, is a collaboration with fellow actor Zach Shields, and to hear their crackling folk sound is to hear something that is much more than the typical actor-turned-musician vanity project. The duo have made and released videos for two of their songs, “In the Room Where You Sleep” and “Name of Stone,” and both are simple but striking clips for beautiful tracks. Heck, they even use a children’s choir in both songs and it doesn’t sound played out at all.
And now, come fall, we’ll have more Dead Man’s Bones to haunt us, as the band has signed with Anti- to release their debut album. This disc, once titled Never Let a Lack of Talent Get You Down, is now self-titled, and will be released on Oct. 6.