Matt Sweeney and Bonnie “Prince” Billy have announced a new collaborative album, the follow-up to 2005’s Superwolf. The new one is called Superwolves and it’s out April 30 digitally and June 18 physically via Drag City. Find the video for the new song “Hall of Death” below. Also below, check out the album artwork, made by Harmony Korine.
Sweeney and Bonnie “Prince” Billy wrote “Hall of Death” with Tuareg guitarist and producer Ahmoudou Madassane, who also played rhythm electric guitar on the track. Others on the song include guitarist Mdou Moctar, electric bassist Mike Coltun, and drummer Souleyman Ibrahim.
“The chemistry comes from lives, lived separately, in which music is crucial sustenance,” Bonnie “Prince” Billy said in a statement. “We listen with gratitude and awe, knowing that we belong in there. We construct our dream selves with the faith that these selves will have their chance at life. We know what we are capable of doing and just need each other’s support to bring the imagined languages to life.”
“I love the challenge to write melodies for Will to sing,” Matt Sweeney added. “Struggle with that challenge too. Knowing that Will’s voice will elevate the melody makes me reach higher and dig deeper for the tune. Makes me want to match it with a guitar part that holds his voice like a chalice holds wine (or blood, or whatever is needed to live the best life). I also love singing harmonies and responses to this voice of his.”
In 2020, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Matt Sweeney shared “You’ll Get Eaten, Too,” “Make Worry for Me,” and a cover of Hank Williams, Jr.’s “O.D.’d in Denver.” Only “Make Worry for Me” appears on Superwolves.
01 Make Worry for Me
02 Good to My Girls
03 God Is Waiting
04 Hall of Death
05 Shorty’s Ark
06 I Am a Youth Inclined to Ramble
07 My Popsicle
08 Watch What Happens
09 Resist the Urge
10 There Must Be a Someone
11 My Blue Suit
12 My Body Is My Own
13 You Can Regret What You Have Done
14 Not Fooling