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“This is music that moves forward by turning the clock back – haunting, primal and strangely heroic” The Times
The Handsome Family is a 20-year songwriting collaboration between husband and wife Brett and Rennie Sparks. Their music has always been Americana in the truest sense, echoing everything from medieval ballad to Appalachian holler to Tin Pan Alley and punk rock. They write songs that are full of an awed sense of emotion in the face of nature’s mysterious beauty and the wonders of everyday life.
The album ‘Last Days of Wonder’, was one of Mojo magazine’s ‘Top Ten American Albums’ and was called ‘an unqualified triumph’ by Uncut – who also named ‘In the Air’ one of the most important records of the 21st century.
“Dark, elemental, mischievous and mournful” Mojo
“Music that mines the deep veins of fatalism in the Appalachian voice” Greil Marcus
Handsome Family songs have been covered by many artists, most notably: Andrew Bird, Christy Moore, Jeff Tweedy, Cerys Matthews, Kelly Hogan and even on American Idol. The band has appeared in the movie, ‘I’m Your Man’, a tribute to Leonard Cohen, as well as ‘Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus’.
The Handsome Family © Mark Owen