OUR DEEPEST Americana poet Bill Callahan put together his latest album, Gold Record, really quickly, and previewed it over those long, lazy lockdown summer days with the neat idea of dropping a track every Monday afternoon leading up to its eventual September release.
Loose and freewheeling it may have been, but that doesn’t take anything away from the brilliantly observed country-porch vignettes of small lives as lived that were presented within.
As the calendar readies to roll on a year, he’s released a video for one of Gold Record‘s highlights, “Breakfast”. This seemed an apt time to roll it out, so have a watch over your chosen repast.
“Breakfast” strengthens Bill’s bid to be the Raymond Carver of contemporary American music. “I drink so that we don’t fight / She doesn’t drink, so that we don’t fight,” sings our hardscrabble narrator, of a love with maybe a spring or two gone.
“Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day,” our narrator concludes. Those little tiny things of a life; the little flotsam of routine on which we cling when all at sea.
Bill Callahan’s Gold Record is out now on Drag City on mp3, FLAC, CD, cassette and LP formats. Ladies and gentlemen: place your orders here.