Bonnie 'Prince' Billy | 13/11/14

Image: Bonnie New Black Rich

The newest single from Singer's Grave A Sea of Tongues is molten, set to burn like a classic torch song should-- in your ears and forever! On ‘New Black Rich (Tusks)’, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy collaborated with longtime songwriting partner Bryan Rich to create the ardent ballad.  The mood of ‘New Black Rich (Tusks)’ is circumspect at best compared to first single ‘Quail and Dumplings’. Where Quailanticipated a bright future, which salved for the hardness of the present times, the ‘New Black Rich’ solution for present-day ennui is stated in its first line: "I'll say goodbye before we meet". ‘New Black Rich (Tusks)’ is brooding, with the fiddle of Billy Contreras, Chris Scruggs' mandolin and Emmett Kelly's guitar adding depth and shadows. The B- side, ‘Black as Grace’, is exclusive to this 7 inch single and not found on Singer's Grave! While ‘New Black Rich (Tusks)’ holds itself up with a sense of formal structure, ‘Black As Grace,’ appears as if it's unravelling, with Bryan Rich's vocals dividing the sounds.

The video for ‘New Black Rich (Tusks)’ reveals a love story, one filled with longing and hope. Bonnie’s words unmistakably come to life and manifest as tusks, hidden within his beard. He dances slowly, longing for a partner with whom he can share his experiences. As darkness falls, Bonnie wanders into a speakeasy, his eyes fixated on a woman performing on stage. Her presence is soothing, as she also exhibits physical characteristics of a creature. Bonnie initially finds solace in his new companion, but is their similarity enough to create a lasting relationship? Or will his expectations and dreams of finding a complete partner shatter his reality? Watch how it unfolds in the video for ‘New Black Rich (Tusks)’, now on Aquarium Drunkard!

Watch "New Black Rich (Tusks)" Here!


Also, in London – as previously announced – Bonnie is inviting fans and passers-by alike to express their thoughts and create a “sea of tongues” on a new billboard poster on Broadway Market. It’s inspired by the artwork for his current album Singer’s Grace A Sea Of Tongues and he wants YOU to add to it.

For those of you too far away and/or lazy: Don’t fret! Visit HERE where we have recreated the environment to express yourself via the means of pixel & hand.

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy will embark on a European tour this month including two sold out shows at St John’s in Hackney on November 18th and 19th.

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy will be playing the following dates:

15 November: Gnration, Braga, Portugal

16 November: Teatro Sao Luiz, Lisbon, Portugal

18 November: St John’s, London, UK (SOLD OUT)

19 November: St John’s, London, UK (SOLD OUT)

20 November: AB, Brussels, Belgium

21 November: Le Guess Who Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands

22 November: BBMIX Festival @ Carre Bellefeuille, Paris, Fran


Purchase Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues HERE