Bill Callahan settled in Plano, Texas last summer to record second solo LP Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle. He completed basic tracking in four sleepless days, then handed the tapes off to arranger Brian Beattie. In a recent Progress Report, Bill explained his songwriting process: “I’m more about literal meaning or clarity. I pretty much have to write the lyrics first and completely before I can try to set it to music with a pure heart. I feel like a traitor otherwise.” Along those lines, the new songs — particularly album standout “Eid Ma Clack Shaw” — sound grounded in the mourning of a real life relationship. “I dreamed it was a dream that you were gone / I woke up feeling so ripped by reality.” Take a listen.
Bill Callahan – “Eid Ma Clack Shaw” (MP3)
Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle is out 4/14 on Drag City.