New Music: The Handsome Family's Honey Moon
Though the Handsomes draw on Depression-era strains of folk music, Honey Moon is sensual and celebratory. It's also a kooky hymn to nature: "Darling, My Darling" takes an insect's point of view, and "Wild Wood" imagines life in a cave as wolves wail outside. "Hawk moths are sipping the night-blooming rose," Brett sings in "June Bugs," "a honey as sweet as the moon's sugar glow." A toast to the wonderfully weird Handsome Family: May their musical honeymoon never end.