Free Download: Cheyenne Mize and Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Among the Gold

Artists, Cheyenne Marie Mize, Features, Will Oldham — By on August 3, 2010 9:13 pm

Very few things in this life are free, so grab them while you can. We here at ATF are always on the lookout for free music, and this is what we found.

In true American DIY style, Cheyenne Marie Mize and Bonnie “Prince” Billy (aka Will Oldham) recorded their rendition of late 19th Century American parlor music, and it is available for everyone to enjoy for free! (Download the whole album below.)

Among the Gold casts a misty eye back to a bygone era, a simpler time when live entertainment was often enjoyed in one’s own home. Mize’s angelic vocals and Oldham’s understated harmonies (and whistling) are a charming blend. You can almost smell the camphor and feel the doilies on the back of your neck as you recline on a luxuriant amber settee.

“In the summer of 2008,” Mize said in a release, “there was a place called Funtown where about 300 lucky folks saw the first official coming-together of The Picket Line, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and myself. In preparation for this little event, I met and began rehearsing with Will. After our first rehearsal together he asked me to join his touring band for the following Spring.

“I had had the idea behind Among the Gold brewing for some time — originally thinking it was going to be me alone — to take some of my favorite very, very old tunes and record them. I offered the idea to Will, needing only a mic and a good room for recording, and he offered me a mic and a good room for recording. I asked him to sing a couple of the songs as duets as well. In the process we very much enjoyed singing together and we decided that they would all make great duets so it became more of a collaborative effort, with him helping me to decide on the rest of the tunes we would record, and helping me with instrumentation and arrangement decisions. And then it was.”

Mize will release her debut album, Before Lately, later this fall, so until then, download Among the Gold:

1.) Silver Threads
2.) Loves Old Sweet Song
3.) Beautiful Dreamer
4.) Let Me Call You Sweetheart
5.) Kiss Me Again
6.) Only A Dream

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