Music from the Far Reaches of Fargo

Fargo returned for its third season Wednesday night — hooray! — and they are employing music particularly well. First, they made me wonder why I do not own anything by Heart. “Crazy on You” certainly sounded good.

Still, that’s not an unusual choice for a TV soundtrack.

Nor is the retro Americana (on the revived Stax label, no less) sound of Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats:

Although much older, Lambert, Hendricks and Ross‘s “Moanin'” isn’t much of a surprise either:

Jazz is often used to up a show’s or character’s cool quotient.

But Tuvan throat singer Radik Tyulyush?

That’s a bit different for American TV, though it would fit seamlessly on an Italian giallo soundtrack.

But the song that really blew me away was Italian singer Adriano Celentano‘s “Prisencolinensinainciusol”:

Amazingly catchy song, even if I could not understand a single word. When I looked it up, I found out no one could understand a single word because Celentano sang it in a made up language, his version of what American English sounds like to Italians. Does this explain the classroom setting in the video? Is he teaching the brightly dressed, chair dancing young women how to speak American?


“Alone and Forsaken” at the Hotel Beau Séjour

I recently binged on Netflix’s Hotel Beau Séjour. Somehow, the series manages to offer a fresh take on the “dead woman” trope that has become such a crime show staple (cliche?), seen in Twin PeaksThe KillingTop of the Lake, . . .  And those are just a few of the more original variations on the basic formula (of course, the premise goes back much further; as Edgar Allan Poe wrote, “The death, then, of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world”).

Plus, the show’s got a great theme song by Mauro Pawlowski and Ciska Vanhoyland, that sounds like a Belgian Nick Cave covering a lost Leonard Cohen song:

But it’s actually a Belgian Nick Cave covering a Hank Williams song: