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    Thu, 14 Jan 2016 13:22:06

    Listen to Bonnie "Prince" Billy Cover Prince's "The Cross" - and also hear "Rich Wife Full of Happiness"

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    Bonnie prince billy pond scum john peel bbc sessions january 22 on drag city

    Will Oldham, better known as Bonnie "Prince" Billy, has been releasing albums for over two decades, but the forthcoming Pond Scum is something different. Due out January 22nd on Drag City, the album is created from years of recordings made during John Peel's BBC Sessions. "The Cross," a cover of of Prince's 1987 track from Sign 'O' the Times, was recorded in 1994. Will Oldham's reinterpretation is as reflective as it is fearless, taking the gospel-soul of Prince and turning it into a vibrating harmony that evokes the feelings of a windy day experienced from a wet, grassy shore. The version seems to capture the words perfectly, "Black day, stormy night / No love, no hope in sight."

    Bonnie "Prince" Billy also released a new arrangement of his song "Rich Wife Full of Happiness" earlier this month. And he also furnished the music world with the track order of Pond Scum, which also features a yet-to-be-released original entitled "Beezle."

    Pond Scum tracklist:

    01 (I Was Drunk at the) Pulpit
    02 Death to Everyone
    03 Arise, Therefore
    04 Jolly Five
    05 Beezle
    06 Jolly One
    07 When Thy Song Flows Through Me
    08 The Houseboat (O How I Enjoy the Light)
    09 Trudy Dies
    10 The Cross
    11 Stable Will
    12 The Idol on the Bar

    Listen to "The Cross" from Bonnie "Prince" Billy:

    Listen to "Rich Wife Full of Happiness" from Bonnie "Prince" Billy:

    "The Cross" is currently featured on NPR's Songs We Love.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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