Bill Callahan recently made the extremely exciting announcement that he'll be releasing a new album called Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest on June 14th. Tantalisingly, he didn't release any of the album's 20 tracks when making this announcement - but has made up for it this week by putting the record's first 6(!) tracks on DSPs.

While all of the 6 tracks are delightful and find Callahan in classically chatty and jokey mood - but with a newfound peace from his radically changed domestic life - 'Angela' is perhaps the most immediate of the bunch. Maybe it's because it starts with a classic Callahan quip "like motel curtains we never really met," but it unspools magically from there. Entwined with upright bass, Callahan's voice and guitar excellently tale the tale of a short-lived dalliance that's still playing on our singer's mind. Fleshed out with just enough detail, 'Angela' is a timely reminder of why Bill Callahan is one of our most treasured currently working songwriters.

But, the other 5 tracks are absolutely delightful too, from his acquaintance with Bruce Banner in 'The Ballad Of The Hulk' to the pure joy of 'Writing'. Check out all 6 below.

Bill Callahan's Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest is out June 14th on Drag City. He's got a few UK and European dates later in the year:

29/9/19 Vicar Street, Dublin IE
1/10/19 Usher Hall, Edinburgh UK
2/10/19 Albert Hall, Manchester UK
3/10/19 Eventim Apollo, London UK
5/10/19 La Cigale, Paris FR
6/10/19 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels BE
7/10/19 TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht NL
8/10/19 Admiralspalast, Berlin DE
10/10/19 Store Vega, Copenhagen DK
11/10/19 Rockefeller Music Hall, Oslo NO
12/10/19 Göta Lejon, Stockholm SE
13/10/19 Pustervik, Gothenburg SE

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