The Trembling Bells & Bonnie “Prince” Billy – The Marble Downs

Honest Jon’s

Not since his album with The Cairo Gang has Will Oldham sounded so comfortable and had an almost majestic-like quality to his craft. The Trembling Bells are a band out of Glasgow Scotland and they really fit the mould with Oldham. Opening track "I Made A Date (With An Open Vein)” gets straight to the point with blaring horns and a ’70s rock guitar solo. Like a pony with a blazing mane running through castle gates! The track gets into a burnt-out organ jam that sounds like some drugged-up church sermon.

Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Lavinia Blackwall brings a lot to the table on this record. Her vocals reach almost operatic proportion at times and melt right into Oldham’s. She is the perfect counterpart to his whimper-howls. This is especially true in “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With A Little Longing.”

The ’70s rock guitar solos blare throughout the whole damn thing and really kick the shit out of the listener on “Riding” with some wicked snake-charmer grooves. This would be a great introduction for anyone wanting to check out Bonnie “Prince” Billy or a great addition to the collection for any Oldham completest.