Bonnie Prince Billy: “Wolfroy Goes To Town”
Neo-Folk that hits you where you need it.
One of the forefathers of the Neo-Folk movement is back with his newest album “Wolfroy Goes to Town.” If you are at all familiar with Bonnie Prince Billy than you should know what to expect from this album: consistently solid folk that looks back to the roots of America. On his latest album, however, he takes influence not only from American folk music but from British folk as well. This can especially be seen in tracks like “Cows” with its intricate vocal roundelay which ends the track.
Other notable tracks include “New Whaling”, “Black Captain” and “We are Unhappy.” These tunes are full of intricately played acoustic guitar passages and a desperate sense of longing for the American Dream. Songs for which any fan of folk is sure to enjoy. This just proves that after all these years, Billy’s work still stands up with the best of his contemporaries. If you’re a big fan of artists like Iron & Wine and you’ve neglected to listen to Bonnie Prince Billy, than you could do much worse for a starting place than “Wolfroy Goes to Town.”
Reviewed by: Jake Waters on October 29th, 2011
RIYL: Iron & Wine
Recommended Tracks: 2, 5, 6, 9
FCC Warning: 4, 8
Label: Drag City
Release Date: October 4th, 2011