Music for the Dead

27 Oct

October 31 is fast approaching. Only a few more days until the spooks come out to socialize, and what better way to get in the mood than with Dead Mans Bones Disney’s Haunted Mansion inspired track “In The Room Where You Sleep”

Headed by Ryan Gosling, yes Ryan Gosling, and Zach Shields, “In The Room Where You Sleep” is the musical epitome of everything that Halloween should make you feel as a child. But what makes this track standout is the throwback to the late 1960’s Disney Haunted Mansion theme “Grim Grinning Ghosts” sung in part by Thurl Ravenscroft (AKA Tony The Tiger)

Hand claps, and an unsettling keyboard melody get the tune off to an eerie start. By the time what sounds like a theremin kicks in, one can not help but feel uneasy in the most fun way. Gosling is a vocal magician ranging from a soaring, ghostly falsetto to a Thurl Ravenscroft dark alto chorus warning “You better run/you better hide.”

And let’s not forget the homage to Vincent Price’s spoken word “Thriller” section which ends the song

The lyrics themselves are evocative and chilling without ever being explicit. With this track, the key is letting the listener use their imagination to fill in the blanks.

Undeniably “In The Room Where you Sleep” has enough tricks and treats to make anybody feel like a kid again.

Check out this awesome live version!

Discography: Dead Mans Bones (2009)

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