Sometimes here in the Baeble office we have conversations about which artists are "inside baseball" when it comes to music fandoms. We decided that Blood Orange was inside baseball despite developing a bit of a fandom as of late when we covered his show at the Apollo
. As much as I personally love Natalie Prass, she's never developing a major fandom outside of hardcore indie circles. And Bonnie "Prince" Billy has been the definition of folk inside baseball since at least I See A Darkness
in the late 90s. Despite that, the fans he does have are immensely loyal and will be excited to hear that Will Oldham is releasing a new record (of previously recorded BBC session material) this month (!) entitled Pond Scum
, and he's shared a single that won't actually be on the record.
As to the single, it's a Bonnie "Prince" Billy track through and through. I don't mean that as a criticism. Will Oldham (like Britt Daniel and Matt Berninger) is a remarkably consistent performer. He knows his sound: understatedly dramatic folk. And "Rich Wife Full of Happiness" is probably familiar to BPB fans already (a more lush version wound up on one of Will's studio albums), but this stripped down take has a ghostly beauty.