A rewarding, enriching and outstanding collaboration between Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Bryce Dessner, and Eighth Blackbird makes the old sound new, the new sound old and shines a light on a long lost minimalist composer.
The collaboration between Trembling Bells and Bonnie "Prince" Billy is peopled with underwear-clad angels, sinister demons, Johnnie Walker, Merge Haggard, the Grim Reaper, ruined livers and dead anniversary flowers. It sounds dour, sure, but beyond that, the record is damn fun.
After recording his own music for nearly two decades, it’s an interesting twist that Will Oldham would team up with a band and record an album that sounds just like an album he could have recorded himself. But still, as an introduction to The Phantom Family Halo, The Mindeater gives us something that will take some time to digest.