Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Wolfroy Goes to Town (4 stars)

This article is from 2011.

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Wolfroy Goes to Town

Compelling alt-country from Will Oldman

(Domino)

‘Stop all the moaning and bemoaning your fate / god isn’t listening, or else it’s too late,’ sings Will Oldham on ‘Time to Be Clear’, his voice like driftwood lapping at the shore. In all things heart-shattering and beautiful in the world of alternative country the Bonnie Prince abides, and this latest collection is yet another understated marvel.

For most of the record his voice is accompanied by a lazy guitar strum and a breathy female backing vocal or two, so when a slow, hypnotic electric guitar chimes in on ‘Cows’ or the odd twanging, swamp-rock riff finds its way into ‘Quail and Dumplings’, the dissonance is startling. ‘We are unhappy,’ sings Oldham simply on the song of the same name, and the almost religious resignation in his voice is, as ever, utterly compelling.

Bonnie Prince Billy "Quail and Dumplings"

Bonnie Prince Billy

Folk-rock from Louisville-based singer-songwriter William Oldham.

Union Chapel, London N1

Thu 27 Jul

Sold out / 020 7226 1686

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