True Detective Season Two – Top 10 Music Recommendations

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After 8 all-too-brief spellbinding and perplexingly metaphysical episodes the first season of HBO’s True Detective has finally reached its conclusion. The ending was such a hit that the millions hitting HBO GO service crashed the system for much of the show.

It’s no wonder it’s a hit.

The spirit of the show is reflected in the taunt writing of creator Nic Pizzolatto. Then there’s the stellar performances by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as the dysfunctional Det. Rustin Spencer “Rust” Cohle and Det. Martin Eric “Marty” Hart bound together to catch a dark killer.

Another star of the series was the music selection that provided atmosphere and texture in a way that you hardly realized you were hearing songs by Wu-Tang Clan , Bob Dylan and Austin’s 13th Floor Elevators.

The soundtrack also included a great selection of Americana, country, gospel, and blues. John Lee Hooker and Slim Harpo sit aside Steve Earle , Buddy Miller , Lucinda Williams and Father John Misty.

And then there’s that stunning opening segment backed by The Handsome Family excellent performance of the T Bone Burnett-penned “Far From Any Road.” (below)

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I reached out on twitter to ask folks what bands they most would like to hear on True Detective season two. Some of the choices were obvious, some surprising. All great and would fit nicely.

If Nic Pizzolatto stops by (‘sup Nic) I hope he considers some these great artists and allows them to set a tone and allow the greater exposure.

Enjoy and leave you choices in the comments.

Lincoln Durham is a consummate stage performer and brings grit, soul and blood to his craft. Perfect for end credits or a bar fight.

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Elephant Revival’s warm and inviting sound could lull in a audience in just before a particularly gruesome bit of work.

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The Ben Miller Band kicked my butt in Nashville and their performance has stuck with me. Bar scene or panning a rugged landscape.

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Valerie June. Who am I kidding. Put Valerie June in any segment and she’ll steal the scene.

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Lee Harvey Osmond is a master of atmosphere. He’d fit right into a scene needing a slow simmer. Love scene, hands down.

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Lindi Ortega is as good as it gets. Her sound is a great fit for an opening credits or as a a pan of the killers quarters.

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Slim Cessna’s Auto Club oozes chaos and menace. Add to something violent.

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16 Horsepower sounds as old as the hills and as deep as a grave. Opening credits or main character reflective moment.

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Hiss Golden Messenger’s darkness is always bolstered by a joyful reverence. Perfect for a moment of hoe or resolution.

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Rachel Brooke was born to back a show like True Detective. Her sound is of the ages and has a playful darkness and perfect for a late-night rainy drive away from something unspeakable.

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5 thoughts on “True Detective Season Two – Top 10 Music Recommendations

  1. March 12, 2014 at 4:01 am

    Uhm, T Bone Burnett didn’t write Far From Any Road. It was written by Brett and Rennie Sparks and featured on their 2003 album Singing Bones.

  2. Baron Lane
    March 12, 2014 at 4:04 am

    okay, thanks. I had read differently.

  3. Martijn
    March 12, 2014 at 4:06 am

    No problem, some great suggestions though! Here ‘s a playlist with the songs from the first season by the way, for those who are interested: http://open.spotify.com/user/martijnkoetsier/playlist/3kfuVVe0AD2EIBduRHfXEB

  4. Dave
    March 29, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    This cover of the theme by Comaduster is pretty incredible, and really captures the feel of the show. the dread and darkness. https://soundcloud.com/comaduster/far-from-any-road-covered-by

  5. April 1, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Great list!

    True Detective Rdio playlist, in case you use Rdio:
    http://www.rdio.com/people/ryanpsims/playlists/7942956/True_Detective_Soundtrack/

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