Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Hummingbird (2012)

Posted by Zorn on May 17, 2012 as

The great Leon Russell’s “Hummingbird” anchors this new 10-inch, and Bonny and his assembled cast of Los Angeles musicians render it an exercise in contrast. Bonny introduces a pallet of musical soundscapes, including the keys of “Farmer” Dave Scher, the porch-stomp grooves of Entrance Band rhythm section Paz Lenchantin and Derek James, and the claps of a thousand hands before letting the song fly away in a breeze of soulful psychedelia that stretches nearly twice the original’s length. Next up is a cover of the traditional “Tribulations,” with Cairo Gang main-man Emmett Kelly, in a purely Appalachian reflection on judgment and fear and all manner of Old Testament threat. Rounding out this powerful trio of songs with a nod to Lightnin’ Hopkins and Michael Hurley, Bonny makes another run (this time all by his lonesome) at Merle Haggard’s “Because of Your Eyes.” This one lo-fi, wooly, recorded-ina- kitchen-near-a-bottle-of-whiskey sound is often attempted but rarely nailed. Bonny hits it square.

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