A couple weeks ago, Bill Callahan announced a new album, Gold Record — it’s out in September — and he also announced that he’d be releasing a new song from it every Monday until it comes out. So far we’ve gotten “Pigeons,” which landed on top of our best songs list when it came out, and “Another Song.” Today we get the third track from Gold Record, “35.”
It’s crackling and twangy, as Callahan starts by lamenting the lack of recognition he sees in the stories that he reads (“It’s nice to know that my life had been lived before/ But I can’t see myself in the books that I read anymore”) and then takes off down a dusty road filled with the moon and celestial navigation. “The fact of the sun comes, the fiction of the moon/ The moon can make a false love feel true/ It can make me still wanting you,” he sings.
Gold Record is out 9/4 on Drag City.