Did you guys know there was a new Bonnie “Prince” Billy album coming out this month? I sure didn’t! The forthcoming Pond Scum isn’t, strictly speaking, a new album. Instead, it collects some of the spare recordings that Will Oldham did in BBC sessions — Peel Sessions, as they were once called — back when he was first calling himself Bonnie “Prince” Billy. Drag City has just shared “Rich Wife Full Of Happiness,” a song that doesn’t appear on Pond Scum but which in “similar in tone.” A full-band version of the song later appeared on his 2001 album Ease Down The Road, but you can hear the spare and haunted solo one below.
Pond Scum is out 1/22 on Drag City.