Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bright Eyes Final Album :: The People's Key

Marking the end of...something important. Maybe not an era, not some kind of social revolution, but something more subtle, something more internal and existential for a generation of emotional misfits. Those are some weak words anyway for that impending excitement and bummer.

Bright Eyes will release their seventh and quoted "final" album on February 15th, 2011. Yet again, like the repeated theme of I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning, a death, of Bright Eyes, coincides with a birth, Conor Oberst's birthday. The album is called The People's Key. An album Bright Eyes and Rilo Kiley drummer Jason Boesel called, "The greatest sci-fi emo album of the last 20 years." Hinting that the album may sound something like the alien abduction odyssey that is "Synesthete Song" which was released on the Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band EP Gentleman's Pact.

From Saddle Creek ::
"Since 2006 the once revolving cast of Bright Eyes players has settled around permanent members Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott, with additional musicians joining them in the studio and on tour. Fully realized and bursting with charisma, The People’s Key is an assured and accomplished album, artfully arranged and filled with the engaging and mesmeric songwriting for which Oberst is renowned. Recorded in Omaha, Nebraska, at the band’s own ARC Studios, The People’s Key was produced by Mike Mogis and engineered by Mogis and Andy LeMaster."

Guest contributors also include Andy LeMaster, (Now It’s Overhead), Matt Maginn (Cursive), Carla Azar (Autolux), Clark Baechle (The Faint), Shane Aspegren (The Berg Sans Nipple), Laura Burhenn (The Mynabirds) and Denny Brewer (Refried Ice Cream).

Full track list for The People’s Key:
1 Firewall
2 Shell Games
3 Jejune Stars
4 Approximate Sunlight
5 Haile Selassie
6 A Machine Spiritual (In The People’s Key)
7 Triple Spiral
8 Beginner’s Mind
9 Ladder Song
10 One For You, One For Me

When talking about it being the last Bright Eyes album, Conor said something to the effect that he felt boxed in by some of the "Bright Eyes rules." Also, that he could only write so many songs about being lost. That always seemed like it was the first part of the story, just the exposition. Maybe with this album, he's get a little closer to finding some shoes and making his way out of the woods.

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