Thursday, March 5, 2009

BPB sings turn of the century tunes

A newly announced project will feature Will "Bonnie 'Prince' Billy" Oldham pairing up with Louisville area musician Cheyenne Mize and releasing a vinyl-only EP of songs that were written between 1873 and 1915, according to Pitchfork. I listened to a few of these tracks that were posted on Karate Body Records' website. This sort of thing is right in BPB's wheelhouse, as his voice has that rustic Appalaichain quality charm that invokes the world in which our grand-grandparents grew up. Both songs are quaint and innocent, entitled "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" and "Only a Dream".

Certainly they melodies and structures recall a simpler time. Billy and Mize almost sound like a couple in a mountain home, reading off sheet music and figuring out the harmonies as they go. I'd love to hear the full EP, although the vinyl pressing is limited and I surely won't be dropping the cash on it. I'll be looking for this one on the web in the upcoming months.

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