Aug 12, 2020, 11:09 am

bright eyes

Started by Ob1jacobe, Mar 19, 2014, 02:53 pm

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Ob1jacobe

(same as my m ward post) Never given them the time they deserve.  What album should i start with?

EverythingChanges

Definitely I'm Wide Awake and It's Morning.

Oberst is touring this summer.  Definitely try to make one of his shows!
I wonder why we listen to poets when nobody gives a fuck

e_wind

Bright eyes is great.  The newest record was pretty good. I think Conor's songs on MoF are strongest. Plus I'm Wide Awake, Fevers and Mirrors, and Letting Off The Happiness, for starters.
don't rock bottom, just listen just slow down...

EverythingChanges

Also, check out their live album Motion Sickness.  True Blue is amazing on that recording.  Probably my favorite song from them.  Landlocked Blues also kicks ass.
I wonder why we listen to poets when nobody gives a fuck

Angelo

I wish I could hear his music again for the first time. All good suggestions here. Enjoy it, Ob1. Excited for his upcoming solo album.

EverythingChanges

Conor writes some of the best lyrics I've ever heard.  The dude is a genius.
I wonder why we listen to poets when nobody gives a fuck

e_wind

This thread got me in the mood. I always forget that The People's Key is sooo good. Definitely amazing for the "last" bright eyes record
don't rock bottom, just listen just slow down...

e_wind

Also forgot how good Desaperacidos record is. Also the MVB record isn't half bad. Conor is definitely consistent
don't rock bottom, just listen just slow down...

e_wind

third post in a row. talking to myself at this point. this thread has launched me into a bright eyes phase. Fevers and Mirrors   :thumbsup:   !!
don't rock bottom, just listen just slow down...

parkervb

definitely looking forward to the new album based on what i've read in Rolling Stone (produced by Jonathan Wilson, "country-flavored"). 
Don't you ever turn it off

ChiefOKONO

Bright Eyes Announce New Album, Release New Song 'Mariana Trench'

Great new song and love the video!

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/bright-eyes-new-album-mariana-trench-1018563/

ChiefOKONO

Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was
Bright Eyes
Release Date: 2020-08-21
Catalog No: DOC210
Label: Dead Oceans

As a title, as a thesis, Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was functions on a global, apocalyptic level of anxiety that looms throughout the record. But on a personal level, it speaks to rooting around in the dirt of one's memories, trying to find the preciousness that's overgrown and unrecognizable. For Conor Oberst, coming back to Bright Eyes was a bit of that. A symbol of simpler times, vaguely nostalgic. And even though it wasn't actually possible to go back to the way things were, even though there wasn't an easy happy ending, there was a new reality left to work with.

In 2011 the release of The People's Key, Bright Eyes' ninth and most recent album, ushered in an unofficial hiatus for the beloved project. In the time since, the work of the band's core members - Oberst, multi-instrumentalist Mike Mogis, and multi-instrumentalist Nathaniel Walcott - has remained omnipresent, through both the members' original work and collaboration. The friendship remained solid and their projects overlapped from time to time, with Oberst and Mogis living next door to one another in Omaha and Walcott's Los Angeles home just fifteen minutes away from Oberst's house on the East Side, where he's spent the bulk of his time over the last few couple of years whilst working on his most recent solo records and Better Oblivion Community Center.

The end of Bright Eyes' unofficial hiatus came naturally. Oberst pitched the idea of getting the band back together during a 2017 Christmas party at Walcott's house. The two huddled in the bathroom and called Mogis, who was Christmas shopping at an Omaha mall. Mogis immediately said yes. The resulting Bright Eyes album came together unlike any other of its predecessors. Down in the Weeds is Bright Eyes' most collaborative, stemming from only one demo and written in stints in Omaha and in bits and pieces in Walcott's home. Radically altering a writing process 25 years into a project seems daunting, but Oberst said there was no trepidation: "Our history and our friendship, and my trust level with them, is so complete and deep. And I wanted it to feel as much like a three-headed monster as possible."

In spite of all its newness, the LP feels like the most complete amalgamation of Bright Eyes. The symphony's presence recalls Walcott's orchestral arrangements on Cassadaga, while hyper-percussive elements and effects conjure Digital Ash. The jolting intimacy of Oberst's singular voice and its folk songwriting core are the same foundations of Lifted and I'm Wide Awake. And overblown acoustic guitar marks Mogis' production reaching back in time to the original recordings Oberst made on a 4-track 25 years ago.

Across recording sessions between Omaha's ARC Studios, Los Angeles's Electro-Vox, and LA's Capitol Studios, the trio leaned into experimentation, yielding an ambitious, musically inventive LP. Aside from the surprising rhythm section made up of the fierce musicianship of Jon Theodore (Mars Volta, Queens of the Stone Age, One Day as a Lion) and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, the compositions expand the expectation of what Bright Eyes' sound is.

Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was is an enormous record caught in the profound in-between of grief and clarity - one arm wrestling it's demons, the other gripping the hand of love, in spite of it