What we’re listening to: Sturgill Simpson and ‘Chase Darkness with Me’

Sturgill Simpson – ‘Sound & Fury’

Andrew Tarantola

Andrew Tarantola
Senior Editor

I’ve by no means actually been what you’d name a “fan” of nation music. In latest months, nevertheless, I’ve come to see the sunshine — thanks partly to a Netflix mission from singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson.


This distinctive mash-up of alt-country and anime took place as a part of the discharge of Simpson’s fourth album, Sound & Fury, and actually, I did not know the style may sound like this. His third album, A Sailor’s Information to Earth, performed way more to the standard twang of mainstream nation however in Sound & Fury, Simpson forgoes delicate tones for a veritable wall of sound. Proper out of the gate, the primary observe, “Ronin,” nearly instantly dissolves right into a ZZ Prime-esque slushy guitar solo. Proper on its heels, “A Good Look” manages to seamlessly bleed into the subdued new wave exhortation, “Make Artwork Not Buddies.” And that is simply the primary 15 minutes of the album.

The complete factor completely slaps and, when mixed with a collection of vignettes from animation business luminaries like Koji Morimoto (Robotic Carnival) Masaru Matsumoto (Appleseed Alpha) Henry Thurlow (Tokyo Ghoul) and Shinji Takagi (Steamboy), Simpson’s songs coalesce a surprising 41-minute live-action/anime visible album.


Sound & Fury is at the moment streaming on Netflix.

‘Chase Darkness With Me’

Jessica Conditt

Jessica Conditt
Senior Editor

I take heed to plenty of true crime podcasts. Homicide, violence, rape and darkish obsession are the soundtrack to my exercises, cooking periods, lengthy drives and every day chores. It isn’t utterly morbid — a part of the explanation I hear is to seize a slice of the excessive that comes when authorities or tenacious members of the family conclusively uncover the identification of the attacker, and convey the beast to justice.

It would not work out like this each time, however that uncertainty is exactly what makes every victory so candy. Each profitable seize outcomes from days, weeks and typically years of grueling investigative work. And every excessive comes with its personal sharp deflation — quickly after the euphoria peaks, actuality comes crashing down down. There are at all times extra murders than investigators can sustain with. Extra lacking folks. Extra monsters lurking within the darkness.

Few folks see this reality as clearly as Billy Jensen. As an investigative journalist and sufferer advocate, Jensen has spent his profession growing new methods to establish and seize criminals. In Chase Darkness With Me, Jensen divulges particulars concerning the circumstances which have formed his obsession, and discusses the ability of social media and citizen sleuths in fixing circumstances. He lays out how the web has shifted the investigative world and the way it can finest be utilized to create an all-encompassing crime-solving community, pushed by volunteers, algorithms and Fb advert buys.

Jensen reads the ebook, obtainable on Audible, growling in frustration when a brand new crime surfaces, smiling whereas speaking about his love of Star Wars and Harry Potter, voice dropping low when discussing the victims and their households. The studying is intimate and expertly dealt with (effectively, aside from the Spanish components), which is sensible, contemplating Jensen is already a veritable spoken-word star.

He is half of The Homicide Squad, a podcast co-hosted by former chilly case investigator (and star of a brand new Oxygen collection) Paul Holes. The Homicide Squad’s objective is obvious: Invite the gang to unravel chilly circumstances. Jensen and Holes place a name to motion on the finish of each episode, offering pointers on easy methods to seek out potential suspects whereas preserving the integrity of the investigation. If The Homicide Squad is a hub for sufferer advocates, Chase Darkness With Me is a deep examination of the imaginative and prescient, sacrifice and willpower it takes to truly clear up these circumstances. For followers of true crime podcasts, Chase Darkness With Me is greater than an prolonged episode — it is a beginning pistol.

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