Always old at heart, Will Oldham was, in fact, young once, actually. Palace Music is what he did in the 90s before he morphed into Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (or just started using his given name), and anyone familiar with Oldham’s subsequent work will be able to trace a through-line from Palace Music’s 1995 LP ‘Viva Last Blues’. Contemplative folk, trilling Americana and light flourishes of alt-rock - the good stuff, basically.
Vinyl LP £23.99 REWIGLP83
LP on Domino.
8/10 Penrith Steve 16th October 2014
Arguably Will Oldham's best album under the Palace guise lands somewhere between Neil Young’s “Harvest” and the brooding post-rock of Slint. The drums generally are definite and to the fore like, say, “Out On The Weekend”, also tracks like “The Brute Choir” have a loose Neil Young feel. “Viva Ultra” smolders, with a dark undercurrent reminiscent of Slint. However, what makes this album special is the rockier “Work Hard/Play Hard”, the beautiful “New Partner”, which is one of Oldham’s very best and the delicate “We All, Us Three, Will Ride”. Sebadoh’s Jason Lowenstein is part of the band here, on bass.
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