To some, the pairing of Matt Sweeney and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy may seem like an unlikely pairing. Sweeney known for his big guitar sound from Chavez and Billy known for everything in-between, the two artists together have a sense for crafting beautiful music together. After their previous album Superwolf was released in 2005 to critical acclaim, the duo is back with a new album Superwolves coming digitally this Friday. Their new single “Resist the Urge” displays just a glimpse of the beautiful sounds they can create while the video by Kevin “Spanky” Long and Atiba Jefferson serves as a visual for what you’re hearing.
The music within here is finger plucked folk that finds its way into the crevices of your soul. Washing over you like a breath of warm air, the acoustic playing underneath the falsetto vocals warms your heart with a gentle grace. The two singers matching vocally creates a depth while the music itself is grander than what you may expect. The accompanying video features skateboarding with glimpses of Sweeney and Oldham singing or just clipped into frame.
The video for “Resist the Urge” can be viewed above or on YouTube. The song can be heard on all streaming platforms. Superwolves can be preordered ahead of its digital release this Friday or ahead of its physical release on June 18 from Drag City Records. Matt Sweeney & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy will be on tour beginning June 07 in Big Sur, CA at The Henry Miller Library until June 16 at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown, CA. Their tour schedule can be accessed here.
Image Credits: Photo by Pete Townsend.