The music editor for HBO’s, I’ll Be Gone In The Dark nailed it with, Avalanche. The true crime docuseries opens with a (very mono-tone) vocal performance by Aimee Mann. As the series became more enthralling, the piece rapidly grew on me. Avalanche is pitch perfect, and it could easily work in True Detective too.
This song was originally written and recorded by Leonard Cohen in 1971 – which accounts for the opaque poetry and mono-tone delivery. Aimee Mann’s version is very similar – just in a higher key. Both variations have a rapid acoustic instrumentation — like something Gustavo Santaolalla would do.
I’ll Be Gone In The Dark is a must watch. I didn’t know anything about the story before watching, so the finale was just short of mind-blowing. The series is about author, Michelle McNamara’s obsessive search for the Golden State Killer — a ransacker, turned rapist, turned serial killer — whose reign of terror lasted from 1973-1986. As she’s attempting to write a book about the cold-case, she uncovers new leads, as she synthesizes data from the seemingly dead-end investigations.
Realizing this was an abbreviated cover by Aimee Mann, I had to check out the Leonard Cohen original, to get the rest of the chorus. The relentless acoustic instrumentation was too tough to mimic, so I took the opposite approach, creating a toned down arrangement. My version is spiritually connected to I’ll Be Gone In The Dark (rather than the music itself) so the piece had to be melancholy. That was my only criteria.
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