MATT SWEENEY and BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY – ” Superwolves “

Posted: June 30, 2021 in MUSIC

Where once was Superwolf, now roam Superwolves, the new album and demon spawn of Sweeney and Billy.
The twin forces united to save up from the complicity of our own deistruction.

16 years after Oldham’s tender singing and Sweeney’s cable-knit guitars made the original an underground classic, they return with “Superwolves”, an album that is, just as its title suggests, both a continuation of ‘Superwolf’ and something more. On the album, the duo let us in on a decades-long conversation, their respective instruments virtually finishing one another’s thoughts. Their bond is so deep, and their knowledge of one another is so profound, it’s essentially impossible to hear the boundary between them.” 

These two eternal troubadours do not have the masses of fans and mainstream success as master crooner Nick Cave, but they sure are in the same league of remarkable singers/songwriters. A duo made in purgatory making heavenly music for the afterlife. This record will last for a long time, a very long time.

Cover art was designed by filmaker Harmonie Korine, also featuring a brand new portrait from world-renowned artist
Peter Doig.

Track from the Matt Sweeney & Bonnie “Prince” Billy album “Superwolves,” out on Digital & Streaming on April 30th, 2021 and LP/CS/CD on June 18th, 2021 from Drag City/Palace Records and Domino.

Song written by Ahmoudou Madassane, Will Oldham & Matt Sweeney, and performed by Matt Sweeney & Bonnie “Prince” Billy with the Mdou Moctar ensemble.

When I was talking to Matt, Will and Dan about video concepts and cool ideas for this new record, I knew I had to involve Spanky because we’re both longtime Superwolf fans. I have directed a couple music videos involving skateboarding, but I always wanted to see a full video part with just one skater, and once I got asked to work on a video for this record, I knew that Kevin “Spanky” Long was perfect, in more ways than one. If you follow Spanky on Instagram you will see one of the most visually creative artists I have ever seen. His way of cutting out, resizing, moving and manipulating photos and videos is amazing, but also he is an amazing pro skater so the combo was perfect. I asked a lot of Spanky: I wanted him to star, direct, edit, film and do all of the artwork! It was a tall ask but I know his love for Matt and Will would shine thru. I am mostly a still photographer and I did film a lot of skateboarding in the mid 90’s, so I knew that it wouldn’t be hard to film Spanky. This video was made in the pandemic so it was just me and him going out and shooting together. We shot around LA for 14 days over 4 months. I wanted to shoot the skating on a Canon R5 at 24p giving it a film look. We also shot scenic stuff on Super-8 to give it that film look, then we had Cleigh Reed colour it so it all flows. It was great to work so closely with Spanky’s vision but still have him in front of the camera. This collaboration of directing together was great because we are 2 different generations of skateboarders, but both coming from the pro skater’s perspective. When I thought of this, I wanted a music video that was Spanky by Spanky but not is a selfie way, but a way he was directing me when I was filming.

“Resist the Urge” is from the Matt Sweeney & Bonnie “Prince” Billy album “Superwolves,” out on April 30th, 2021 and LP/CS/CD on June 18th, 2021 from Drag City/Palace Records and Domino.

After a successful roll up and down California this summer, Matt Sweeney and Bonnie Prince Billy are now set to prowl through select US cities again this fall in support of their sublime new “Superwolves” album! To bring the LP’s songs new and newer life, these ‘Wolves add frequent co-conspirator Emmett Kelly to the pack and promise to provide welcome assemblage for all creatures wherever they may roam!
If the simple thought of such magical communion as Matt Sweeney’s guitar and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s voice doesn’t instantly send shivers down your spine (it’s been a while since you’ve seen a show, huh?), we suggest listening to “Superwolves” now to fully feel it – and consider, dear reader, what many critical minds have said thus far about this inimitable album:
“a fantastic record.” – NPR Music
“[Superwolf] had a specific quality to it, arcane and majestic. Their new one is called Superwolves. Like that first outing, it’s tremendous. Joined by sympathetic set of collaborators, the elemental dynamic remains clear at the center: Sweeney sings and plays electric guitar, Oldham sings with boundless grace about about grim realities, tender moments from hard people, and destiny.” – Aquarium Drunkard
This was an album that wasn’t promised, but somehow makes good on every silent expectation that was welled up inside the waiting rabble who didn’t know the call could be answered.”- Raven Sings The Blues
“Superwolves serves the song, dressing up where needed, but always presenting them in the manner most direct, even when the songs may take a few listens to sink in and blossom. It’s an album that sneaks up on you — let it play through and play often.” – Brooklyn Vegan
“a triumph of troubadour-ism, a lilting and sad album that sparkles with seasoned musicianship.” – Riff

Recorded 16 years after their cult classic Superwolf  was launched into the world, Matt Sweeney and Bonnie “Prince” Billy release its follow up Superwolves and it’s already being hailed as a more than worthy successor.

“One of the finest records either has ever been involved in.” Uncut 8/10

Released: 30th April 2021

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