Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Bryce Dessner & Eighth Blackbird Announce ‘When We Are Inhuman’ Album


Later in the summer, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (also known as Will Oldham) and The National‘s Bryce Dessner will release a collaborative album with the contemporary classical ensemble Eighth Blackbird. Titled When We Are Human, the eight-track collection is due out on August 30 via 37d03d.

The album features a number of new Eighth Blackbird arrangements for Will Oldham, as well as a new installment of Dessner’s Murder Ballades series written for Eighth Blackbird. The collection also includes a live performance of Julius Eastman’s “Stay On It,” paying tribute to the musician who passed away in 1990. Across the LP, the group draws on a wide range of roots and Americana traditions, pairing Appalachian and old folk tunes with more contemporary and sometimes avant-garde offerings.

To preview their upcoming LP, the collective has released When We Are Inhuman‘s first single, “Beast For Thee.” Listen to the charming composition below:

When We Are Inhuman Tracklist

  1. Stay on It
  2. New Partner
  3. Beast for Thee
  4. Down in the Willow Garden
  5. One with the Birds
  6. Banks of Red Roses
  7. Underneath the Floorboard
  8. When Thy Song

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