Last week I would make a soundtrack for the Godless. I’m not sure why – but I did, and you’ll have to suffer it.
The Godless, if you haven’t read it, has three points of view. For most of the book, each of the three main character appears in one of named chapters, their scene divided by numbers. Over all, there are twelve chapters in the book, plus a prologue and an epilogue. Each chapter is around ten and eleven thousand words – in Leviathan’s Blood, the average is thirteen to fifteen – but the bookend pieces are considerably smaller, at three and five. In case you are wondering, the math of each chapter is important to the structure of the book, but in all likeliness, it is important only to me. When I begin a work, I find it easier to understand how the work flows, and how it builds and resolves itself, once I have settled upon the structure and narrative framework of it. What can I say? We’ve all got our little quirks. I liked it because I liked the narrative beat it created and the interplay it allowed between the characters.
I described the structure of the book because, when it came to the soundtrack below, I found myself leaning towards songs that fit in at the end of each chapter. Sort of like a song rolling over the credits of an episode, or a movie, if you can imagine.
Anyhow, enough of that.
Here it is.
(In the Dark Places – PJ Harvey)
Beneath the Skin
(I’m On Fire – Bat For Lashes)
The City Beneath
(This Land is Nobody’s Land – John Lee Hooker)
The Boy Who Was Destined to Die
(The Humbling River – Puscifer)
In the Blood
(Lullaby – Low)
A Small Kindness
(Ain’t Got No, I Got Life – Nina Simone)
In A Town Called Dirtwater
(Into Dust – Mazzy Star)
(Two Against One – Danger Mouse, Daniele Luppi, and Jack White)
(Sacrilege – Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
The Woman Made From Fire
(Fire Walker – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)
The Important Garden
(Great Waves – Dirty Three)
The Circumstances of Birth
(Words from the Executioner to Alexander Pearce – the Drones)
(Take Me Somewhere Nice – Mogwai)
(Jubilee Street – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds)