Sturgil Simpson – “The Dead Don’t Die” (Single)

Made for a movie of the same name, the Dead Don’t Die couldn’t have played its part any better. It’s the opening credit background music as two officers roll through a foggy rural setting in a patrol car. This song is all classic country vibe, beginning with lap steel, stripped down click like the pendulum clock, and fiddle accents. Simpson nails the part with archetypal country vocal styling. The track is made for AM radio or a jukebox. The performance is understated, old school without any missteps to over accentuate the feeling. Lyrically the song seems a bit confined in its exploration of afterlife and may have taken on more dimension were it not created to set theme of a film.

Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiukuoSjDj0

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