The Handsome Family is a 20-year songwriting collaboration between New Mexican husband and wife, Brett and Rennie Sparks. Their lyrics and music are very intense, highly descriptive and full of meticulously-researched narrative and exhilarating musical re-imaginings of everything from Appalachian holler, psychedelic rock, Tin Pan Alley and medieval ballad. You don’t have to be a music historian to love these songs. This is music full of romantic longing for nature’s mysterious beauty and for the tiny wonders of everyday life. The Handsome Family are noted for pairing sweet melody with sad stories— juxtapositions that create strange resonances in your ears. This is music that makes you shiver and cry, but also makes you happy to be alive.