Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy: Now Here’s My Plan
- George Michael Taylor
- 18 July 2012
New EP features six hymned rearrangements of earlier BPB material
Will Oldham is now into his third decade performing under the Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy alias, an artistic doppelganger to escape scrutiny for the increasingly bared and fragile songs released throughout the nineties under the Palace moniker. It began with the grim enlightenment of 1999’s ‘I See a Darkness’, sparse shanties of piano and electric guitar, soon developing into the maximal country rock that backs Oldham’s pooling candlewax croon today.
This EP features six hymned and glorified rearrangements of earlier BPB material, the most striking of which is an oddly rollicking version of the title track of that same 1999 debut, the original’s drunken narrator lifted up off the floor and danced around the bar-room.