Photo by D. James Goodwin
The folk supergroup of Bonny Light Horseman completely won me over when I saw them last year at the Green River Festival, and I finally have a new song to play incessantly. Anais Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson, and Josh Kaufman have released "California," and it fits right in with what we love about Bonny Light Horseman. This is modern folk done at its finest. It's all gorgeous vocal harmonies with hynpotic guitar. Bonny Light Horseman are simply mesmerizing in their music, and this one of their more magnificent ones.
Eric D. Johnson says of the new song:
“This one started off as a little crooked minor-key old timey tune. Then the three of us took it through the ringer together and it became what you’re hearing now. We sat in a room in the woods of New York and clawed and pawed at it until it turned into a little bittersweet shuffler. Our first record was largely centered on the old world, whether it was some sort of mythical sweeping landscape on some British Isle, or maybe the old cities of the American East. This is probably our first West Coast song. It’s a sad one, a story about pulling up roots, new beginnings, goodbyes, early morning long drives, riding into the sunrise instead of the sunset. They usually don’t end movies riding into the sunrise but this movie has that scene.”
You can listen to "California" below. Rolling Golden Holy is due out October 7 via 37d03d, and can be pre-ordered here. For more on Bonny Light Horseman, check out the artist's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the song.