Some things are worth the wait.
In February, nine years since Bright Eyes released new material, they unveiled the first recordings from their recent studio sessions, 'Persona Non Grata' and announced their forthcoming album.
Now, we have been gifted the second single 'Forced Convelescene' via Dead Oceans.
Listen to the first two singles 'Persona Non Grata' and 'Forced Convelescene'
Sometimes it feels like you hear a Bright Eyes song with your whole body. From Conor Oberst’s early recordings in an Omaha basement in 1995 all the way up to 2020, Bright Eyes’ music tries to unravel the impossible tangles of dissent: personal and political, external and internal. It’s a study of the beauty in unsteadiness in all its forms - in a voice, beliefs, love, identity, and what fills up the spaces in-between. And in so many ways, it’s just about searching for a way through.
'Forced Convalescence' finds Conor Oberst at his world weary best, picking apart the human condition and struggling to reconcile the past with whatever the future holds. All from the comfort of his bed. The slick, near-joyous sounding fever dream grows into a rich and languid swirl with help from a gospel choir. This may be as close to a Rat Pack-era lounge singer as Oberst has ever come. Albeit one with a head full of prose and existential angst.