Bonnie "Prince" Billy Details New Album 'Keeping Secrets Will Destroy You'

Listen to lead single "Bananas"

Photo: Elsa Hansen Oldham

BY Allie GregoryPublished May 23, 2023

Will Oldham — a.k.a. Bonnie "Prince" Billy — has shared details of his follow-up to last year's Blind Date Party with Bill Callahan and first solo effort since 2019. Keeping Secrets Will Destroy You will arrive via Drag City on August 11.

Recorded in Louisville, KY, with recording engineer Nick Roeder, the album features contributions from violinist Sara Louise Callaway, keyboardist Kendall Carter, violist and violinist Elisabeth Fuchsia, mandolinist Dave Howard, saxophonist Drew Miller and vocalist Dane Waters.

As per Oldham's Bandcamp, "Keeping Secrets Will Destroy You is a tale as old as time. It's an album. Its songs and music are by and for people together. For listening together. Before it gets too late. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy stands at the nexus of all the kinds of music he can summon, with friends, with family and community. All roads roll [through] him. There can be no holding back. A million billion moments are on the line. He's gonna tell us about a world..."

The record is previewed by lead single "Bananas," which arrives alongside a music video by Ethan Osman that "is not intended to interpret the music, but to interpret prompts requested of Bonnie 'Prince' Billy."

Watch that below, where you'll also find the album's tracklisting.

Keeping Secrets Will Destroy You:

1. Like It or Not
2. Behold! Be Held!
3. Bananas
4. Blood of the Wine
5. Sing Them Down Together
6. Kentucky Is Water
7. Willow, Pine and Oak
8. Trees of Hell
9. Rise and Rule (She Was Born in Honolulu)
10. Queens of Sorrow
11. Crazy Blue Bells
12. Good Morning, Popocatépetl

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