take a more minimalist approach on their second soundtrack for director Jay Craven. Where Where the Rivers Flow North
was a spooky blend of their signature gothic bluegrass and backwoods folk, their score for the small-town race drama A Stranger in the Kingdom
swells with the warm vibrato of electric guitars, pianos, and Judy Hyman
's ever-present electric violin. The resulting 34 tracks may sound like an undertaking, but their short run time -- most are under a minute -- and the pastoral eclecticism of the group's arrangements make for a wickedly good soundtrack to a hot summer day -- albeit one that's fueled by sad and sweet tingles of melancholy. The main theme, "The Kingdom," plays like a sister to the previous record's centerpiece, the brooding "People Go Under," straddling the fence between hope and regret like a well-seasoned sufferer. "The Fair is the most upbeat track on the record, a lilting, accordion-driven romp that could accompany the end credits for any film in any genre, and it's striking amid the relative calm of the rest of the work. The Horseflies
are masters of atmosphere, and despite each track's repetitive nature, the listener never grows weary of their twilight meanderings.