Domino – November 15th
This is the first Bonnie “Prince” Billy album of original material to be released since a self-titled LP in 2013. That’s not to say that the man his mother knows as Will Oldham has been quiet in the interim, however; he’s released a dizzying array of covers and reinterpretations of his own material, much of it decidedly country-leaning.
It’s that sound on which he’s settled for I Made a Place. Banjos and close, beautiful harmonies abound, and while it’s hard not to long for the gloomier, stranger side of some of his stellar earlier work, there’s no denying that this is a very gorgeous record. Tell me you’ve found a lovelier song than ‘Thick Air’ in particular this year, and I’ll call you a lying scumbag.
Photo by Christian Hansen.