I have been running this site for 2.5 years now and as I logged into my ftp to upload this track to my server I was shocked to learn that I do not have a Bright Eyes folder. It has been a while since we last heard from Bright Eyes though Conor Oberst has definitely been active. Always one of my favorite bands I found a lot of the Mystic Valley Band stuff very similar and though I’ve never wavered as a supporter I am glad to have Oberst putting out new Bright Eyes material.
I mentioned to my friend Jeff that I am kind of surprised I like this song because if I had to pick a previous album for it to fit on I’d probably choose Digital Ash in a Digital Urn which is by far and away my least favorite Bright Eyes album. This track has those annoying synthesizers that he uses in many of his bad songs but this song is a total jam while also feeling comfortable and sort of soft.
The People’s Key is due out Feb 15th on Saddle Creek. I learned from this interview that the date is also Conor’s birthday. I also learned this is likely NOT the last Bright Eyes album. Check out the rest of this great interview with John Norris.