More than a year ago, Bright Eyes' Conor Obers revealed to the Omaha World-Herald that he would be making one last record under the Bright Eyes name before retiring the moniker. That album appears to be The People's Key, which is due out on February 15.
The album's lineup includes Oberst, Mike Mogis (also from Monsters of Folk) and Nathaniel Walcott. The People's Key was recorded at ARC Studios in Omaha, Nebraska and will be released on Saddle Creek Records (as opposed to Merge, which has released Oberst's recent solo discs). The Bright Eyes gang will likely tour behind the album and have already announced two big shows at New York City's Radio City Music Hall and London's Royal Albert Hall.
Jason Boesel, who has drummed as part of Bright Eyes and indie favorites Rilo Kiley, provided some clues to the sound of the album on his Twitter page: Just heard half of the new Bright Eyes record. Best sci-fi emo album of the last 20 years!!!
The People's Key track list:
01. Firewall 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
Thanks for the report to Bryan Wawzenek, Gibson.com