Kicking ass, taking names, reading Don DeLillo - Conor Oberst is back, motherfucks. He's got a bubbly new song out on the internets this week, and is starting to reveal info about an EP, Four Winds, that will drop on longtime label Saddle Creek in March and serve as a teaser for a full new Bright Eyes album, Cassadaga, out in April. We handily (and lazily) pasted the full press release for you kids after the jump. Janet Weiss up in there!
*Bright Eyes announce new EP, album *
With the once revolving line-up of musicians finally settled on the three constants of Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott, Bright Eyes spent much of 2006 in the studio working on their follow-up to the acclaimed simultaneous releases Digital Ash in a Digital Urn and I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning. The first single, "Four Winds", will be released as part of the Four Winds EP on Saddle Creek on March 6th, 2007. The EP will include 5 exclusive B-sides.
Retaining the simmering glow of its predecessors, the Four Winds EP is full of the magic that brought Bright Eyes to international attention. Carefully played, deftly poetic and quietly enchanting, the release has a wandering country charm and all of the story-telling seductiveness of earlier work. Four Winds is an impressive precursor to the new Bright Eyes album – Cassadaga – to be unleashed in the US on April 10th.
Four Winds and Cassadaga were recorded in various studios in New York City, Los Angeles, Portland, OR and Lincoln, NE. The sessions included guest performances from M.Ward, Gillian Welch and Janet Weiss of Sleater Kinney.
Full Track List for Four Winds:
01 Four Winds
02 Reinvent the Wheel
03 Smoke Without Fire
04 Stray Dog Freedom
05 Cartoon Blues
06 Tourist Trap
Bright Eyes will play select dates in the US in February.