Oscar Isaac performing an impromptu cover version of “St. James Infirmary Blues” along with Kraig Jarrett Johnson, Rene Lopez, Jesse Harris and Louis Schwadron at Entwine in New York City. (5th September, 2012)
“American Gods” is the new Starz series based on the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name. It’s scored by Brian Reitzell, who’s worked on Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette, and The Bling Ring. Today, Milan Records has announced the “American Gods” soundtrack, which is out digitally June 16. The soundtrack includes Reitzell’s score, as well as collaborations with Mark Lanegan, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, and Garbage’s Shirley Manson. Below, listen to a new song from the soundtrack, “Queen of the Bored” featuring Manson. Scroll down for the full tracklist.
Prior to “Queen of the Bored,” Milan shared three offerings from the “American Gods” soundtrack: Reitzell’s “Main Title Theme,” Reitzell and Lanegan’s Lead Belly cover “In the Pines,” and their rendition of “St. James Infirmary Blues,” a song popularized by Louis Armstrong.
01 Main Title Theme 02 Out of Time 03 Gumball 04 In the Pines [ft. Mark Lanegan] 05 Shopping 06 Bilquis Gets to Work 07 Salim Waits 08 Salim and Jinn 09 St. James Infirmary Blues [ft. Mark Lanegan] 10 Queen of the Bored [ft. Shirley Manson] 11 Laura’s Affair 12 Nunnyunnini 13 Media Bowie 14 Wednesday Heals Shadow 15 Vulcan 16 I Put a Spell on You [ft. Mark Lanegan] 17 Essie Accused 18 Bilquis Orgy 19 Tehran 1978 [ft. Debbie Harry and Shirley Manson] 20 There Here Finale
Key Midwestern Gothic tropes: endless fields stretching out to the horizon, location-based alienation, strange sounds and lights coming from the woods outside of town, harsh winters, tiny towns where everyone knows everyone else’s business, churches with blazing light in the dark and signs proclaiming the end of the world, bodies buried in backyards where they will never be found, and the neverending feeling that something is very wrong.
Sources for midwestern gothic (movies, tv shows, music, books) can be found under the cut. Feel free to message us with any questions, additions, or reactions after you’ve read/watched/listened to some of these: