Someone's been very kind to me today: I received a package in the mail chock full of Bonnie Prince Billy
bootlegs and singles! Very exciting day, and how perfect is it that it's drizzling and grey out? It's ideal for BPB listening, at least to me for whatever reason.
That's not to say his music is depressing though. It can be dark, but for the most part for me it's actually uplifting and really almost unbeatable. It's got a loose feel to it, a risky feeling. Feels like everything's on the brink of falling apart, but it never does. Fantastic.
In case you are unaware, Bonnie Prince Billy goes under many names, so his albums can be difficult to find and collect. Some of these names/projects include: Palace, Palace Brothers, Palace Songs, Bonnie Billy,
and Will Oldham
(his real name). He also collaborates often with others, like Amalgamated Sons of Rest
, Matt Sweeney
(that's Matt in the pics on the left and below), David Pajo
and, more recently, Tortoise
. Oh yeah and he just contributed vocals to a record by Scout Niblett
as well! You can see how it's tough to keep up with the guy. Oh yeah, and some of his best songs can be found on out of print 45s.
These bootlegs I just got are from the I See A Darkness
and Ease Down The Road
period. I LOVE I See A Darkness
, and Ease Down the Road
is a solid record for him. He's put out so many, you see! His output can be fairly staggering to the uninitiated. I'll try to break down a few of my favorites at the end of the post.