Here is the first official video from Bright Eyes upcoming release The People's Key, which NPR is hyping like nobody's business. The album hit stores yesterday and since the band is currently on tour in Europe it makes sense that The Guardian premiered the "Shell Games" video early today. There's nothing too fancy about the video unless you happen to think the cross-fade effect is incredibly fancy, in which case this just might be your favorite video in the history of the universe. Aside from that there is a bunch of poorly synced playing that offers comfort in the fact that Bright Eyes wouldn't have made a very good Milli Vanilli. Oh, and the song is great, but you already knew that.
The People's Key
The first paragraph of Robin Hilton's introduction for the NPR Exclusive First Listen of Bright Eyes new album The People's Key should get any and all fans of Conor Oberst's various musical outlets extremely excited. So much so that we are just going to reprint it right here.
I won't mince words: This is the best record Bright Eyes has ever made. In fact, it's the best record the band's frontman, Conor Oberst, has ever been a part of. Publicists like to say as much any time an artist releases a new album, but in this case, it's actually true. The People's Key is a career-defining work of art.
While we can't vow for the accuracy of the above statement as we have yet to listen to the album ourselves, it certainly has our hopes up. Check out the stream below until the album is officially released February 15th.
I'll take exciting new album announcements for a thousand please Alex. Bright Eyes are back as the Saddle Creek Records website was updated earlier today with the following note:
We are excited to announce that Bright Eyes will release a new full-length titled The People’s Key on February 15th, 2011. In support of the album Bright Eyes announce two very special shows next year: Radio City Music Hall in New York City on March 9th and London’s famed Royal Albert Hall on June 23rd. Stay tuned for more info.
Both announced shows will have presales starting December 1st with a public onsale taking place on December 4th. The People's Key will be Conor Oberst and company's seventh full length release and their first since 2007's Cassadaga. It seems safe to assume more shows will be announced as the ten song set's release date nears, but for now we'll just have to settle for the countdown to February 15th. [via consequence of sound]
The People’s Key Tracklist:
02. Shell Games
03. Jejune Stars
04. Approximate Sunlight
05. Haile Selassie
06. A Machine Spiritual (In The People’s Key)
07. Triple Spiral
08. Beginner’s Mind
09. Ladder Song
10. One For You, One For Me