Bright Eyes officially announce new album, debut new song with Flea

Down In The Weeds Where The World Once Was comes out 21 August through Dead Oceans.

Conor Oberst

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Bright Eyes have finally announced their reunion album, Down in the Weeds Where the World Once Was, set to release 21 August through Dead Oceans. This marks the band’s first record since 2011’s The Peoples’ Key.

In addition with the album’s digital release, a host of physical editions have been planned, with CD, special double-vinyls and cassette editions available for preorder now.

A statement taken from Down In The Weeds’ product page revealed that the band’s reunion stemmed from a Christmas party three years ago.

“[Conor] Oberst pitched the idea of getting the band back together during a 2017 Christmas party at [Nate] Walcott’s house,” the statement wrote. “The two huddled in the bathroom and called [Mike] Mogis, who was Christmas shopping at an Omaha mall. Mogis immediately said yes.”

Elsewhere in the statement, more details on the conception of Down In The Weeds were shared, explaining that the album – Bright Eyes’ most collaborative effort to date – stemmed from a single demo, written “in stints in Omaha and in bits and pieces in Walcott’s home.” Speaking of the band’s new approach to writing, frontman Oberst shared:

“Our history and our friendship, and my trust level with them, is so complete and deep. And I wanted it to feel as much like a three-headed monster as possible.”

In the months leading up to the album’s official reveal, the band shared three singles, One And Done, Forced Convalescence and Persona Non Grata. They’ve now debuted a fourth: Mariana Trench – featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Queens Of The Stone Age drummer Jon Theodore. Watch the music video below.

Mariana Trench’s music video was conceived by Art Camp, composed from 2,200 hand-illustrated ink paintings, based on 3D animation and archival footage.

“The production of the video started at the beginning of quarantine,” the studio wrote in a statement.

“In 18 different bedrooms across the world, listening to Bright Eyes, keeping each other company, we got the chance to collaborate on a story about embracing and celebrating change.”

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