Earlier this year, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy released an album called Keeping Secrets Will Destroy You. Now, he’s put out a new song that shares its name, which, “for royal reasons, and no concern of ours, wasn’t included in the album,” per a press release. On the track, Will Oldham is joined by Shahzad Ismaily, Blake Mills, Emmett Kelly, Jim Keltner, as well as vocalists Lacey Guthrie, Katie Peabody, and Heather Summers. Check out Adam Laity‘s video for it below.
“Will sent me the demo for ‘Keeping Secrets Will Destroy You’ about a year ago,” Laity shared in a statement. “I found the song so romantic – the idea of chucking a suitcase in car and heading off on a journey with a lover. And also the humility in the idea of being unable to grow old if we don’t come to terms with our faults, in the way that only someone you’re in love with can reveal to you. Agnes Varda said ‘If we opened people up, we’d find landscapes.’ The video is really about the affective resonance that landscapes can have for us, that sometimes last our whole lives. It started with the idea of clouds passing over Will’s face, and really it just grew from there. I wasn’t particularly interested in the video ‘making sense’, but rather it was about trying to visualize the energy and flow of the song.”