- 09 Aug 16
Lera Lynn's Southern-gothic country dirges were the only good thing to come out of True Detective season two. The singer tells Ed Power about her new album, out-acting Colin Farrell's moustache, and the darkness that informs her music.
Lera Lynn was of course thrilled when the producers of True Detective's greatly-anticipated second season got in touch with a view to using several of her songs. Lynn had, along with the rest of us, adored the first year of HBO's gothic procedural. And she sensed she was a good match for television's darkest property, her feverish and baroque country rock eerily attuned to show-runner Nic Pizzolatto's cosmic horror world-view.
"T Bone Burnett, True Detectives musical co-ordinator, heard some of my stuff and reached out," she recalls. "I couldn't believe it. Obviously, I said yes on the spot." Which is where things got complicated. HBO didn't just want Lynn's music, it turned out. They wanted her too. Pizzolatto was eager for the 33-year-old, Texan-born, Georgia-raised singer to play a dead-eyed chanteuse at a dive bar where much of the action goes down. It was a huge opportunity - Lynn would be showcasing her songs, in person, on television's hottest franchise.
What could possibly go wrong? "I'm not an actor," she sighs. "This was something I'd never done before. It was strange - on my first day on set, I looked up and there was Colin Farrell. He was great but it was initially weird seeing him. At one stage someone said, "We need an eyeline on Lera." I thought they were talking about make up!" [Eyeline is in fact a highly technical cinematography term].