True Detective, Music From The HBO Series OST 2LP
A large part of why HBO’s True Detective has become so iconic has to be its music. The perfectly selected songs, courtesy of producer T. Bone Burnett, instantly elicit either season one’s swampy backwoods or season two’s gritty urban setting. This collection has just about everything a fan of the show would want, with the two seasons’ theme songs — Leonard Cohen’s vaguely unsettling season two theme, “Nevermind,” with all of its variations included, and the Handsome Family’s Morricone-dusted campfire ode “Far From Any Road,” from season one — plus a healthy offering of Lera Lynn, whose narcotically transfixing tunes are copiously used in season two. Throw in songs by Bob Dylan, Father John Misty and Nick Cave, among others, and you have a sympathetically chosen collection that oozes creepiness and cool, making for a great listen even if you didn’t love the second season or haven’t seen the first. Indulge your inner hardened detective who’s seen it all with this awesome collection of existential folk tunes.