New Gothic Archies – The Tragic Treasury

It’s been almost a decade since Stephin Merritt’s last Gothic Archies album, but that’s about to change thanks to Lemony Snicket. We haven’t actually read Daniel Handler’s Series Of Unfortunate Events books but, from what we gather, the author and Merritt are a perfect pairing. This Count Olaf guy sounds pretty goth too. From the press release:

For seven years, Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields) has been recording songs under the band name The Gothic Archies for the audiobooks of A Series of Unfortunate Events, the popular children’s series by his friend Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket). The Tragic Treasury: Songs from a Series of Unfortunate Events collects these thirteen gloomy and hilarious songs, plus two bonus tracks, including a depressingly upbeat theme song, ?We Are the Gothic Archies.? Merritt wrote and recorded all the music, with accordion by Lemony Snicket. The Tragic Treasury will be available on Nonesuch October 10th, 2006, in conjunction with the Friday the 13th release date of Snicket?s thirteenth and final book, The End, from HarperCollins Publishers.

So these songs have been around for seven years? We really need to brush up on our children’s audiobooks.

Listen to three tunes here. Reverb-drenched acoustic yarn “Crows” sounds straight outta ’70s AOR. In a good way.