Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & The Cairo Gang - "Island Brothers" b/w "New Wonder" Eric Nielsen 2.4.11
Nothing clears my spirit like the singing, dynamics and song composition of Bonnie Prince Billy. There is no other music coming out that can touch my melancholy and lift me up and out in the same song like the tracks that he writes. This single releases on the heels of a full length that he did with The Cairo Gang and I'm hoping for more to come.
"Island Brothers" rips into an opening full of the vocal harmonies we lust for as fans of his realized spirit. He's a master of this sweet Dylan/Dead/Band complex. Breaking into the heart of the thing, the instruments bliss into a bedded soil for the voices. In this God we trust. Here we find blistered yet honest meaning under the toil we try. Into the late night horn at the end of the track, putting you
to slumber into some kind of post 70's trip like SunnO)))'s horns on "Alice".
"New Wonder" whispers some delicate piano and guitar under some perfect nostalgia that we can all relate. The breaks are so blessedly beautiful it makes you feel alive again. There is something so reminiscent of my childhood about these tracks that takes me right back and soothes broken souls.
Singing escapes the tracks into an alighting towards the most delicate, eyes rolling into the back of your head kind of feeling. Drugs without drugs. Like the brother on the cover, lolled out in ecstasy. "Change, we shall change" falls back into paths of my past, to the music we grew up loving. So delicate and pure, these tracks deserve your attention and take you away in a way music is meant to.
All proceeds from this 10" single go to Edge Outreach working for water purification in Haiti. Release date 2.22.11