“One with the Birds”, the second single from our forthcoming collaborative album When We Are Inhuman, is now streaming on all music platforms!
“I think of Will’s songs as the closest thing we have now to classic, traditional folk music,” says Bryce Dessner. “I imagine people will still be singing them in 300 years.”
On August 30, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Dessner and renowned contemporary classical ensemble Eighth Blackbird will release a new collaborative album, When We Are Inhuman (37d03d), featuring a live performance of Julius Eastman’s “Stay on It,” four new Eighth Blackbird arrangements for Will Oldham, and a continuation of Bryce Dessner’s Murder Ballades series for Eighth Blackbird.
The new version of “One with the Birds”, arranged by Eighth Blackbird pianist Lisa Kaplan, “is very different from the original,” she describes. “We used the birdcalls of all the different birds named in the song, and the extended piano intro was inspired by my friend Thomas Bartlett whom I had seen perform with The Gloaming just before making this arrangement.”
This group of friends first collaborated at Dessner’s 2018 MusicNOW festival in Cincinnati, where Oldham compared working with Eighth Blackbird to becoming acquainted with a “haunted house,” continually returning to the same spot and observing how his fear was interlaced with a charged energy. The new version of “One with the Birds” pushes Oldham’s voice to new heights, and its shimmering introduction is a window into Oldham’s bleak, poignant sound world.
When We Are Inhuman will be out August 30 (37d03d / Secretly Canadian) and available for preorder here.