We’ve seen many incarnations of Conor Oberst over the last number of years, from the emotionally overwrought twenty-something who spawned an entire generation of asymmetrical haircuts to the laid-back singer-songwriter telling tales from the road. And while the latter is more palatable now that I’ve outgrown my black hair-dye phase, today’s news of a forthcoming Bright Eyes album has me (and doubtless a host of others) very intrigued as to what Oberst has up his sleeve this time around.
The People’s Key, out February 15 in the U.S. and February 14 elsewhere, is the first full-length from the ever-rotating Bright Eyes crew since 2007′s politically charged opus Cassadaga. Longtime Bright Eyes cohort Mike Mogis produced, and engineered with the help of Saddle Creek affiliate Andy Lemaster. And if the new site design is anything to go by, this new album won’t be an easy, breezy trip through Sausalito. But throw in track titles like “Haile Selassie” and “Jejune Stars” and it’s anyone’s guess what’s on the agenda this time.
The People’s Key:
02 Shell Games
03 Jejune Stars
04 Approximated Sunlight
05 Haile Selassie
06 A Machine Spiritual (In The People’s Key)
07 Triple Spiral
08 Beginner’s Mind
09 Ladder Song
10 One For You, One For Me
03/09 New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
06/23 London, England – Royal Albert Music Hall