Download of the Week: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy Hummingbird

Originally released on Spiritual Pajamas as a limited edition 10" Record Store Day EP, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's Hummingbird is slow, sad, and to my way of hearing, lovely. As the title suggests, we open with Leon Russell's "Hummingbird" where Billy is joined by a host of musicians including “Farmer” Dave Scher, Paz Lenchantin and Derek James (Entrance Band) for a hand-clapping, foot stomping funk-infused simmering delight. "Tribulations" covered with minimal pomp with the help of Emmett Kelly (Cairo Gang) gets all old-and-other-worldly, and a cover of Merle Haggard's "Because Of Your Eyes" is essential Billy—immediate, moving and worth the price of admission. The closer "Hummingbird Pt. 2" brings it all back home (is that Vangelis flying away?)...

You can download (feel free to sample first) your very own CD-quality (16/44.1) FLAC copy from Boomkat for £3.95 (about 6 bucks).

kavon yarrum's picture


BPB is a very unique talent.