Bright Eyes A Collection Songs Written 1995-1997 A Companion Colored 12" EP

Bright Eyes A Collection Songs Written 1995-1997 A Companion Colored 12" EP

 

"It's a meaningful way to connect with the past that doesn't feel totally nostalgic and self-indulgent," says Conor Oberst of the Bright Eyes reissue project. "We are taking these songs and making them interesting to us all over again. I like that. I like a challenge. I like to be forced to do something that's slightly hard, just to see if we can."

 

"Just to see if we can" could be the unofficial motto of Bright Eyes, the band Oberst founded as a teenager and plays in with two of his oldest friends, multi-instrumentalists Mike Mogis and Nate Wolcott. "We've never made the same record twice," the singer says. "I'm proud of that."

 

From warm folk-rock to austere electro, plaintive, earnest ballads to glacially cool guitar noise, Bright Eyes has tried on pretty much every sound that's ever inspired them, just to see if they could. Along the way they've collaborated with many of their influences, heroes, and peers, from Gillian Welch and Emmylou Harris to Jenny Lewis, Nick Zinner and Britt Daniel. And they've seen their songs covered by many more, including Lorde, The Killers, and Mac Miller.

 

For a band that's often been perceived as an outlier - the ingenious but quixotic group fronted by that wunderkind singer-songwriter with the floppy hair and bedroom eyes - the depth, breadth, and impact of the Bright Eyes canon is remarkable.

 

And that's what really strikes you when you sit down to fully take in the nine Bright Eyes albums being reissued, in chronological order, in groups of three, beginning spring 2022. Over the last two-plus decades, as Bright Eyes has released one after another time capsule LPs - urgent dispatches from transcendent, fleeting eras of our collective lives - they've also simultaneously been assembling a robust, mature, narratively cohesive discography.

 

"I've written a looooot of songs," Oberst says, laughing. "And by no means are they all good, but the fact that we can cull through these records and find ones that I'm not ashamed to sing years later makes me feel pretty happy."

 

Bright Eyes A Collection Songs Written 1995-1997 A Companion Track Listing:

 

1. Driving Fast through a Big City at Night
2. Solid Jackson
3. A Celebration upon Completion
4. Falling Out of Love at This Volume
5. Exaltation on a Cool Kitchen Floor
6. Double Joe

Bright Eyes A Collection Songs Written 1995-1997 A Companion Colored 12" EP

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