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Bonnie 'Prince' Billy — Singer's Grave A Sea Of Tongues [September 24, 2014]

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Ξ   BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY přepracoval své vlastní písně. Je to výsledek jednání s hostujícími muzikanty. Tento muž je však určité unikum. Jeho písně jsou dostatečně hluboké, aby přestály všechno na vlastní pěst.
Ξ   Kromě toho, tato nahrávka prokazuje, že funguje jako introvertní skicář, plně 'obléknut' do melodií, meandrující mezi artificiálními elementy a blue collar-roots.
Ξ   I když Oldham tvrdí, že "noční hluk jsou [jeho] zvuky," melodie je osvětlení, práce skladatele, který vede posluchače do černé noci za ruku s pochodní osvětlující všechny temné kouty.
Born: December 24, 1970 in Louisville, KY
Location: Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Album release: September 23, 2014
Record Label: Drag City/Domino Records/Goodtogo
Catalog: # DC604 /PR56
Duration:     41:16
01. Night Noises      4:00
02. So Far And Here We Are      3:17
03. There Will Be Spring      2:59
04. Quail And Dumplings      3:59
05. We Are Unhappy      4:05
06. It's Time To Be Clear      3:43
07. Whipped      3:23
08. Old Match      3:17
09. Mindlessness      3:52
10. New Black Rich (Tusks)      3:36
11. Sailor's Grave A Sea Of Sheep      5:05
About this product
Ξ   At the locus of five corners, mythos is in the wind; a sea of tongues boils forth, mountains spurting forth from the magma. Bonny sings for who he was and will be, and for all of us, in time.
Ξ   There aren't many details available, but one thing's for sure: Bonnie "Prince" Billy is releasing a new album called Singer's Grave a Sea of Tongues on September 23 via Drag City. That's the artwork above; listen to an 18-minute "interview" with Bonnie "Prince" Billy about the forthcoming album below.
:: http://pitchfork.com/news/56487-bonnie-prince-billy-announces-new-album-singers-grave-a-sea-of-tongues/
In french:
Ξ   Un album qui est une "relecture" de 9 titres principalement extraits de l'album "Wolfroy Goes to Town", paru en 2011, auxquels sont ajoutées 2 "B-Sides".
The Prince of Darkness revisits his own songs.
HENNING GRABOW  |  SEPTEMBER 15, 2014  |  Rating: 3,5/5
Make New From Old
Ξ   Just to make things clear: this might be a new record by BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY but the songs are (mostly) not. Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues is the result of a session that WILL OLDHAM did with a lot of guest musicians in which they revisited the songs of his 2011’s Wolfroy Goes To Town. It’s like he’s doing a cover of himself really.
More Is More
Ξ   Whilst Wolfroy Goes To Town exercised in reduction, Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues sounds like a decent Nashville-party with all kinds of country, folk and blues-elements. Some songs get fired up a bit, others like Quail and Dumplings get drenched in a more brooding atmosphere. Despite that overall notion, it’s still all about OLDHAM‘s voice in all it’s imperfect beauty.
Master And Everyone
Ξ   This man’s a unicum and you know never what to expect from him. Just listen to the ‘interview’ (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x24ona7_most-awkward-radio-innerview-ever_music) he gave concerning this record. But his songs are profound enough to stand on their own. Moreover, as this record proves, they work as introverted sketches as well as fully dressed tunes. Just like their maker, you can never pinpoint them. But either way you prefer it: BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY‘s music is never aloof. It’s meandering between artificial elements and blue collar-roots.
Ξ   BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY keeps working on his very own songbook: Revisiting his own tunes on Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues does not harm them, nor does it make them better. Fortaken: http://nbhap.com/
By Philip Cosores
September 23, 2014  |  4:41pm  |  SCORE: 8.1
Ξ   In California, quail and dumplings isn’t a thing. When Will Oldham, recording here as Bonnie “Prince” Billy on his 11th full-length using the moniker, sings quite convincingly about this meal as the ideal, the hope, it doesn’t really matter if the listener has no connection to it. And isn’t that an indicator of some sort of greatness? Ξ   When a songwriter can take an audience into a completely foreign world and make them, to some extent, empathize with the sentiment and feel the desired emotion as if they grew up entrenched in the same reality of the songwriter?
Ξ   This is not a new trick for Oldham, but it is very much the backbone of Singer’s Grave a Sea of Tongues. Oldham has been transporting listeners into the beautiful darkness of Appalachia for decades. Recently, particularly on 2008’s Lie Down in the Light, the darkness, which he saw so vividly on his appropriately titled 1999 masterpiece I See A Darkness, has given way to brightness, to flickers of sadness within the general joy of life. Opener “Night Noises” doesn’t tip-toe around in the unknown, with Oldham singing “hate is in the closet, it must be somewhere out of sight.” Even though Oldham claims “night noises are [his] noises,” the melody is illuminating, the work of a songwriter who leads listeners into the black night by the hand, with a torch illuminating all the shadowy corners.
Ξ   Most of Singer’s Grave a Sea of Tongues waits for dawn to confront the audience. Despite titles like “Whipped” and “Old Match,” the gospel choir backing assists Oldham in his battles, whether it is love on the former or life in the latter. “I love my dreams,” Oldham sings on “Old Match,” “and most of them love me back / But I’m not match for waking life, and it’s no match for me.” It’s all very inspirational stuff, not without its complexities and, at times, futility. But, if the album does anything right (and it does a lot right), it is capturing the contradicting emotions of a life and trying to reconcile them, so that the listener doesn’t have to do the same.
Ξ   On the stunning “New Black Rich (Tusks),” Oldham basks in his own sadness, saying “goodbye before we meet” and dropping cannonballs like “it’s not who I was but who I’ll never be.” Backed by heartbroken fiddles and electric guitars, it is the album’s most intimate moment, and it’s the opposite end of the spectrum of “Quail and Dumplings.” But this moment of sadness is followed by the lead line of “Sailor’s Grave a Sea of Sheep”: “once in a while, I can’t stifle a smile, even now that things come to a closing.” “It’s okay,” Oldham declares, “you can say I’ve had my day, but my god and I don’t see it that way.” Through triumphs and tragedies, life continues for Oldham, with hopefully better days ahead, the eternal optimist more hopeful than usual. His hope brings the same to listeners. And the need for hope is something that everyone can relate to, more so that a regional meal.
Fortaken: http://www.pastemagazine.com/
Website: http://www.bonnieprincebilly.com/
Label: http://www.dragcity.com/

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