Back in business, with his best outing for a while, this is class.
Fine songwriting, steeped in its own version of Americana (Don Williams, late Elvis), and richly produced.
Will and the lads (Ben Boye, Van Campbell, Emmett Kelly, Danny Kiely, Angel Olson) bang through a few new takes on some BPB classics.
Dawn Le Faun with Billy Le Bon, co-singers of The Letting Go and Wai Notes, digging up a modern(ish) parable from deep in their Everlys sack, afore getting down and sliding around on the flip.
Will Oldham with Sebadoh’s Jason Loewenstein, from 1996 — rockier, thicker and dirtier than the acoustic stuff, more immediate perhaps.
‘Hair-raisingly good… incandescent’ (The Observer).
Entirely exclusive music, unique to this release, with a radiant silk-screened sleeve: four from The Marble Downs sessions with Will Oldham, a Scott Walker to start; and a side of unaccompanied folk singing.
The 1984 Hollywood novel, captivatingly read by Will Oldham. (Wurlitzer wrote the Two-Lane Blacktop screenplay for Monte Hellman, and Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid for Peckinpah, amongst other illustrious works.)