Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Marquis de Tren Return with 'Solemns'

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Marquis de Tren Return with 'Solemns'
Bonnie "Prince" Billy (aka Will Oldham) just delivered his Everly Brothers tribute set What the Brothers Sang with Dawn McCarthy last month, but there's already another collaborative project coming down the pipeline from the prolific folkster. This next one reteams Oldham — working as Bonny Billy this time out — with Marquis de Tren (aka Dirty Three guitarist Mick Turner), and it's called Solemns.

A press release from Drag City, which offers up the set as a 12-inch EP on April 16, points out that it's been 13 years since the pair put out their debut effort Get on Jolly in 2000, and the musicians opted to try something different this time around. While their first effort was created by sending song ideas back and forth between the U.S. and Australia, Solemns had them working face to face. The end result is an EP featuring three new tunes that find "the musical tapestry.... strange and unchanged and yet thoroughly evolved from the olden times."

While song samples have yet to be released, Drag City describes the set as featuring "spirit devotionals for a new century." On top of the marquee musicians, the outing also features guest work from Dirty Three's Jim White on drums and percussion, as well as contributions from regular Bonnie "Prince" Billy collaborators Van Campbell, Emmett Kelly and Angel Olsen.

You can pre-order Solemns, which features the three tracks on the A-side and an etching on the flip, over here.


1. Solemn 28
2. Solemn 10
3. Solemn 119