LISTEN: Bonnie “Prince” Billy Announces Peel Sessions LP “Pond Scum,” Shares Non-Album Take on “Rich Wife Full of Happiness”

Vintage Bonny Billy out January 22.

It’s been a few minutes since we’ve gotten new music from Bonnie “Prince” Billyone can only assume he’s hard at work on Zach Galifianakis’ North Carolina farm—but today brings the news that we’ll soon have some previously unheard music from Will Oldham.

Pond Scum, which is out January 22 on his longtime label Drag City, collects cuts from three of Oldham’s Peel Sessions. Recorded for the legendary BBC Radio program, the tracks here are sparse and largely re-arranged takes on songs from throughout Oldham’s discography. Also, there’s a Prince cover (“The Cross”).

In typically obscure fashion, the album’s single is a reworked version of Ease Down the Road‘s “Rich Wife Full of Happiness.” The cut isn’t taken from a Peel Session, but it’s said to be similar in style to what you’ll find on Pond Scum. You can listen below.

Pond Scum track list

“(I was Drunk at the) Pulpit”Bonnie_Prince_Billy-2016-Pond_Scum
“Death to Everyone”
“Arise, Therefore”
“Jolly Five”
“Jolly One”
“When Thy Song Flows Through Me”
“The Houseboat (O How I Enjoy the Light)”
“Trudy Dies”
“The Cross”
“Stable Will”
“The Idol on the Bar”

Pond Scum is out January 22 on Drag City.


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