Bonny Light Horseman have released “Exile,” the third single from their anticipated sophomore album, Rolling Golden Holy, due out on October 7th via 37d03d Records.
Of the luminous album opener—which features lush instrumentation including banjo, piano, and synths alongside Eric D. Johnson and Anaïs Mitchell’s beguiling harmonies—Johnson says, “The lyrics of this one, open-ended as they may be, are filled with primal and mythological fears—lion’s dens, hurricanes, wild eyes and the deep dark. Fears that are conquered by, naturally, love love love. But please, feel free to take what you want from this one, story-wise. And if nothing more, throw it on and do a slow-spin groove in front of your speakers.”
Produced by the band’s Josh Kaufman, Rolling Golden Holy is the follow-up to their self-titled debut which earned two GRAMMY nominations (Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Performance).
Rolling Golden Holy’s initial writing sessions—and two subsequent recording sessions, first at Aaron Dessner’s Long Pond studio and then at what they label their “spiritual home,” the gorgeous and bosky old church called Dreamland—were a series of “yes, and” encounters, each member encouraging the others to take an idea and run with it a little further, to push past comfort zones. The trio asks—and, with every tune here, answers—an essential question on Rolling Golden Holy: Where does traditional folk music end and modern folk music begin, if there even is such a binary? These songs continually suggest and embody an unspoken continuum.
A forthcoming UK tour has just been announced – dates below…
4 Feb 2023 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
5 Feb 2023 – Glasgow – St. Luke’s (Celtic Connection)
6 Feb 2023 – Manchester – Band On The Wall
7 Feb 2023 – London – Union Chapel