Listen to Bonnie "Prince" Billy Cover Prince's "The Cross"
Thu, 14 Jan 2016 13:22:06
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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
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 "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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