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The People's Key

Author: Tom Breihan
For a few years now, Conor Oberst has sidelined his main band Bright Eyes to crank out a couple of roots-rock albums with his group Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, and another as a member of Monsters of Folk. But he returned to Bright Eyes recently to record "Coyote Song", a track and video for the Arizona-boycotting coalition the Sound Strike. And now, we're about to get a whole new Bright Eyes studio album, the band's seventh, and the first since 2007's Cassadaga. Saddle Creek will release The People's Key on February 15. We've got the tracklist below.

In the past, the lineup of Bright Eyes has been a revolving door, with Oberst the only constant member. But now the band has a three-member core, with Nathaniel Walcott and Oberst's Monsters of Folk bandmate/longtime producer Mike Mogis joining up. A number of other musicians also contribute to The People's Key, including members of Cursive, the Faint, the Mynabirds, Now It's Overhead, Autolux, and the Berg Sans Nipple. The band recorded the album at their own ARC Studios in Omaha. Mogis produced the album, and he also engineered it alongside Andy LeMaster.

At the moment the band has two shows coming up, both at massive historic venues. They'll play New York's Radio City Music Hall March 9 and London's Royal Albert Hall June 23.

The People's Key:

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
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The People's Key

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