After a hiatus that saw him tour and record with side project the Mystic Valley Band and supergroup Monsters Of Folk, Conor Oberst has returned to his original moniker of Bright Eyes with the band’s first release in four years.
For an artist still closely associated with the prodigious, open-wound confessionals that made him the wunderkid of American indie, ‘The People’s Key’ — Bright Eyes’ most pop-sounding record to date — was released, astonishingly, on the date of Oberst’s 31st birthday earlier this month.
Talking to Spinner, Oberst — joined by producer Mike Mogis and pianist Nate Walcott — discusses how his approach to songwriting has evolved over time, why ‘The People’s Key’ is preoccupied with technology and whether or not rumours there won’t be a 9th Bright Eyes album are true…
Interviewed for Spinner February 2011
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