Young Widows/Bonnie “Prince” Billy: Split Series Part 1


Temporary Residence 2009.  TRR151


This is the first in a series of 4 split singles put out by noisenicks Young Widows, most with interesting bands on the B side.  You won’t be surprised to know that I bought this for the B side, and that I don’t have any of the other singles in the series.

The A side is a pleasant enough noisy guitar fest, but I can’t see me buying any more by the band.  The B side is the sort of experimental material Will Oldham sometimes wheels out for these obscure 7″ releases and which are more typical of his very early output.  The lyrics are impenetrable and his voice is multitracked, which is an odd contrast to the sparse acoustic backing.   There are bits of spoken word and some strange falsetto too.  Somehow is all comes together into a satisfying whole for reasons I can’t figure out.  I guess he knows what he’s doing..

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