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Bonny Light Horseman release new single "Sweetbread"

12 September 2022, 12:26 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Bonny Light Horseman have shared a fourth outing from their new album Rolling Golden Holy titled "Sweetbread".

"Sweetbread" is the fourth release from Bonny Light Horseman's new album, following previous singles "Exile", "Summer Dream" and "Calfironia".

Josh Kaufman says of the new track, "We cut "Sweetbread" late in the evening at Aaron Dessner’s Long Pond studio last summer. Kinda like starting to watch a movie too late, everyone was getting a little sleepy-eyed. Anaïs went off to bed with her then-one-year-old while some of us kept jamming on the main riff for a while, unsure of what we were moving towards. It got really, really late and the tune we started playing had abstracted itself to an unrecognisable shape as we stretched and improvised through the form."

"The next morning listening back I thought this is SO groovy and different than anything we’d made up to that point, but very much still sounded like us," Kaufman adds. "We were giddy to play it for Anaïs and have her take a pass singing over it. She sang the verses down over the improvised jam and it really felt magical to us. It’s very rare for this band to use a song without a live vocal, however it became the path forward for "Sweetbread". It’s a funny thing, texturally and energetically, quite a leap from the ethereal/oceany tones and vibes that tend to typify our sound, and on the other hand, since it’s drawing shape and inspiration from older folk songs like "Jack Of Diamonds" and "Rye Whiskey", it’s very much in the wheelhouse of songs from our first LP… kinda like a sister song to "Green Rocky Road" or something. It’s adventure music and it’s elastic and it pays no mind as it jumps out of the speakers."

Rolling Golden Holy will follow the trio's 2020 self-titled debut album, and was recorded between Aaron Dessner’s Long Pond studio and their "spiritual home", which is an old church called Dreamland.

"Sweetbread" is out now. Bonny Light Horseman's Rolling Golden Holy album will be released 7 October via 37d03d Records, and is available to pre-order now. They'll play London's Union Chapel on 7 February 2023. Tickets are on sale now at

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