Bonnie “Prince” Billy Covers Leonard Cohen Ahead of 'Pond Scum' Release [LISTEN]
Will Oldham, the musician and actor best known as Bonnie "Prince" Billy, is getting ready to drop Pond Scum, a collection of his Peel Sessions for BBC Radio 1. Just ahead of the forthcoming compilation album's release, Oldham shared a cover of Leonard Cohen's 1984 song "Hunter's Lullaby."
The crooner's latest cover comes via a special session for the website Fogged Clarity. Bonnie "Prince" Billy's rendition of the Cohen classic, which originally appeared on Various Positions, is delivered with the singer-songwriter's familiar indie folk campfire singalong vibe as you can hear below.
As Stereogum reports, this week's Leonard Cohen cover isn't Oldham's first contribution to the Fogged Clarity archives. Last January the artist shared a session that included a cover of Hank Williams' "Leave Me Alone With These Blues" as well as two traditional folk songs, "Will You Miss Me?" and "It's a Sin to Lie."
As Pitchfork reports, the Pond Scum compilation is due out this Friday, January 22 via Drag City. The collection features 12 cuts from the indie folk favorite's numerous recording sessions with the legendary BBC Radio 1 host John Peel that span the singer-songwriter's career from his days of being known as Palace Music or the Palace Brothers through his days being best known by his Bonnie "Prince" Billy moniker.
Pond Scum also includes Bonnie "Prince" Billy's cover of Prince's "The Cross" as well as a previously unreleased original titled "Beezle." Another standout to look forward to is the classic, oft-covered Oldham original "(I Was Drunk At The) Pulpit."
The sheer thought of the indie folk crooner's cover of Prince's Sign O' The Times cut sounds too good to be true, so luckily NPR shared that track in advance. The singer-songwriter recorded the track with Peel way back in 1994, right when he was transitioning into the mode of music making for which we know him best, but somehow the cover failed to make its rounds until now. Listen to it below.