This time next month (27 February), Domino will reissue the five albums Will Oldham recorded between ‘93 and ‘97 under the Palace alias he used before Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. All five, including mini album Hope, will be out on vinyl and record sleeve-style digipack CD, featuring new artwork and liner notes.
I came to Oldham’s Palace work via his later, more refined albums under the Bonnie name and was astounded by their raw, ragged intimacy and the way they revel in their lo-fi settings. Can’t wait to drop the needle on 'The Brute Choir' from Viva Last Blues in particular.
Below, a Palace session recorded for John Peel, 5 June 1994: