Will Oldham never drops from sight in the landscape of modern folk/country/alternative American music, but not since 2011's Wolfroy Goes To Town has he released an album of all-original songs under his most renowned Bonnie 'Prince' Billy moniker. That changes on November 15th with the release of I Made A Place, which he introduces by saying:

"What else is a person to do except what he knows and feels, which for me is making records built out of songs intended for the intimate listening experiences of wonderful strangers who share something spiritually and musically? I started working on these songs thinking that there was no way I was going to finish them and record and release them. This was a constructive frame-of-mind that protected the songs until this frightening moment when we let go of them and give them to you."

Well he needn't be worried about letting them loose into the world, as new track '(At The) Back Of The Pit' quickly re-establishes the golden-threaded sound that we've known him for over the decades. With his aging voice now possessing more gravitas than ever, Oldham takes the opportunity to look over the contents of a life and contemplate the sudden end that could be coming any moment. At first it seems he'll stick with this sombre approach, but soon a shuffling drumbeat picks up the sound, becomes wreathed in voluminous brass, and Billy's old chipper charm is back intact. 'Back Of The Pit' is a sprightly salve for the woes of the modern world, delivered from one of the current era's timeless songwriters.

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's new album I Made A Place comes out through Domino (UK) and Drag City (US) on November 15th.