Dead Man’s Bones
In 2005 Ryan Gosling was dating Rachel McAdams. Zach Shields, meanwhile, was seeing her sister. The two men hatched a plan to start a band together—only it was less band, more concept: They were going to tell ghoulish tales of zombies via choruses sung by the Silverlake Youth Chorale. Released around Halloween 2009, what seemed like a gimmick turned out to be a wonderfully weird album. The duo went lo-fi and DIY, recording and playing most of the instruments themselves (Gosling even learned cello and piano). Occasionally, a ukulele accompanied Gosling’s old-fashioned warble—which those who’ve seen Blue Valentine know can be quite charming. Currently, the two are working on—but not yet talking publicly about—a follow-up.