The People's Key
Author: Kate Eastman
2/17/11 | Ology.com | www.ology.com | Record Review
A few weeks ago, NPR streamed the new Bright Eyes record, 'The Peoples' Key', and Ology's Brett Warner reviewed it. The record hit stores this past Tuesday, and today we have a video for its first single "Shell Games". Is it the first single? I don't know, I might have made that up. Regardless, the video is here and it looks like a poorly lit party.What do you do at a rager thrown by Conor Oberst? Well, you try to follow the directions to get there, but you end up turning down the wrong backwoods dirt road three or four times. It doesn't the help that the directions are deliberately vague and full of random allusions to what seem like failed relationships. Goddammit, Conor, just tell me which mailbox I'm looking for and THEN we can talk about your feelings. When you finally arrive, you're greeted by a dingy farmhouse full of antiques and amplifiers. There's some babe with long blonde hair banging on a keyboard, and also monkeys. "Well all right," you think to yourself. "This doesn't look half bad."And it really doesn't. "Shell Games" is a rousing tune sung with confident gusto by a rejuvinated Oberst, and by howdy I like it. The video wants for some more direct lighting, but all in all it looks like a rolicking good time. Check it out at the Guardian's website.