In the series of covers by Bill Callahan & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, we’ve seen the two artists bring plenty of popular and not so popular tracks back to life. Of the ones released so far however, their latest is possibly their best to date. With their cover of the Silver Jews classic “The Wild Kindness” featuring Cassie Berman, they knock it out of the park with ease.
The song takes on a new form here. While the sing song nature is fully realized, there’s more emphasis here with the artists all delivering vocals. The track is already a favorite, yet here it feels like the perfect homage to the stellar songwriting of David Berman prior to his untimely passing. The video features the face of Callahan, Billy and Berman on other people with green painted visages moving throughout. Riding on bikes, lurching about or just living before the artists respectively make appearances and sing on their own bodies.
The video can be viewed above. The song is available to purchase digitally directly from Drag City Records. It’s also available to hear on all streaming platforms.
Image Credits: Photo Courtesy of Drag City.