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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and The National’s Bryce Dessner announce collaborative album When We Are Inhuman

The lead single is a reworking of Matt Sweeney and Will Oldham's "Beast for Thee"

Will Oldham, Bryce Dessner, and Eighth Blackbird’s Nathalie Joachim, photo courtesy of 37d03d Bonnie 'Prince' Billy When We Are Inhuman Beast for Thee
Will Oldham, Bryce Dessner, and Eighth Blackbird’s Nathalie Joachim, photo courtesy of 37d03d
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    Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (aka Will Oldham) and The National’s Bryce Dessner have teamed with contemporary classical ensemble Eighth Blackbird for a new collaborative album. Dubbed When We Are Inhuman, the record is due out August 30th via Dessner and Justin Vernon’s 37d03d record label.

    The eight-track effort finds Eight Blackbird creating new arrangements of songs from Oldham’s catalog alongside new entries in Dessner’s Murder Ballades series. There’s also the Appalachian standard “Down in the Will Garden” and a track inspired by Sufjan Stevens’ “John Wayne Gacy Jr.” called “Underneath the Floorboards”. The opening song is a version of the late Julius Eastman’s “Stay on It”, a track which “harnessed the vocabulary of minimalism for joyfully insurgent ends.”

    In addition to new versions of Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy tracks like “One with the Birds”, “New Partner”, and “When Thy Song”, When We Are Inhuman’s lead single is a reworking of Oldham and Matt Sweeney’s “Beast for Thee” from 2005’s Superwolf. Listen to the resplendent song below.

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    Earlier this year, Bryce Dessner released his solo classical album El Chan.

    When We Are Inhuman Artwork:

    Will Oldham, Bryce Dessner, and Eighth Blackbird Bonnie 'Prince' Billy When We Are Inhuman beast for thee album cover artworkWhen We Are Inhuman Tracklist:
    01. Stay on It
    02. New Partner
    03. Beast for Thee
    04. Down in the Willow Garden
    05. One with the Birds
    06. Banks of Red Roses
    07. Underneath the Floorboard
    08. When Thy Song

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