Master and Everyone by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy was released back in 2003 and has long been a part of my desert island picks of essential records. It’s seen a lot of use over the years and for good reason, the unmistakable croon of Will Oldham has never managed to get old to my ears. The music here is bittersweet lyrically and takes a calm approach sonically as it grazes a number of folk music genres and rarely escalates above a whisper.
There are a lot of Will Oldham fans out there, his music spans years and years of different projects and prolific output so everyone seems to have their own personal favorites within his discography. For me, Master And Everyone has always stood out to me as an understated masterpiece, a record I could easily recommend anyone in need of something laid back and contemplative to check out if they have not come across it already.
Vinyl Copies have been out of print for quite some time as far as I know but can be found used here and there and available for purchase digitally on bandcamp here.