Music Supervisor Breaks Down Scenes In ‘LoveCraft Country’

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Published on 16 Sep 2020, 18:24
HBO’s new hit series Lovecraft Country follows the story of a black man named Atticus Freeman in 1950s Chicago. Freeman navigates Jim Crow America while searching for his missing father and unlocking secrets from the past. The show mixes music from classic artists like B.B. King, Bo Diddley, and Etta James with modern hitmakers like Rihanna and Cardi B.

To find out how the songs play into specific scenes, we talked to the show’s music supervisor Liza Richardson—a veteran TV music supervisor whose credits include Watchmen, Narcos, and Friday Night Lights—for our new series Scene Annotation. Richardson told us about why the show used songs like Tierra Whack’s “Clones” and Leon Bridges’ “River,” but also spoken word tracks like Gil Scott-Heron’s “Whitey On The Moon.”

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