Platters that Matter
Belle and Sebastian, Jonathan David (Matador) Scottish balladeers Belle and Sebastian return with a teaser in the form of the three-song Jonathan David EP. Fans of the band know that they take just as much care in their EPs as they do in their albums, often using the shorter format to showcase more eclectic material. In addition to the title track, the EP contains a song called “Take Your Carriage Clock and Shove It” and the live favorite “The Loneliness of the Middle Distance Runner.”
Bonny Billy, More Revery (Temporary Residence) Oh, that character Will Oldham. Ever the nominal malcontent, he continues to alter his moniker, this time dropping the word “Prince” (like others before him) and using the alternate spelling of “Bonnie.” Nonetheless, his material released since parting with the Palace name has never dipped in quality, and it surpasses the older stuff in many cases. This EP continues Oldham’s penchant for recording new material before his previous work can be absorbed. And for those experiencing déjà vû, these are actually studio versions and different arrangements of the same six songs—all covers, including a Tim McGraw tune—released last year under the same title.