In 1999, Bill Callahan released the album Knock Knock under the moniker Smog. It opens with the track ‘Let’s Move to the Country’, which was presumably about his residence in a South Carolina farmhouse with Cat Power’s Chan Marshall at a time when their relationship was falling apart. Now, Callahan has reworked the track for his upcoming album Gold Record. Listen to the new version and revisit the original below.
“Let’s pretend it’s a new song. Please. I have nothing else,” Callahan said on social media when sharing the track. It certainly sounds different: more stripped-back, intimate, and warm, it’s more in line with the overall mood of the new album.
Gold Record is due September 4 via Drag City. Every Monday since its announcement, the singer-songwriter has shared a new song from the album. Previously, he unveiled the tracks ’35’, ‘Pigeons’, ‘Another Song’, ‘Protest Song’, and ‘The Mackenzies’.