After a nine year hiatus, Bright Eyes announced their return earlier this year, and now they’re revealing their first new material since 2011!
Sharing gorgeous new track ‘Persona Non Grata’, the trio have also shared a letter that reads:
Strange days indeed. Just wanted to send our love and solidarity to everyone out there feeling alone, frightened and isolated. You are not alone. We are all in this together. We, like so many others, had many plans for 2020. We will be releasing a new album this year no matter what. We also have lots of touring plans which we are now reassessing. We will keep you informed as things progress. We very much want to get on the road and hope to see you all in person sooner rather than later. Until then, here is a song called ‘Persona Non Grata.’ We hope you like it. It was hard to decide which song to share first because they are all quite different, but this one seemed as good of a place as any to start. And it has bagpipes! Which is a first for us. We hope this finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe. Thinking of you fondly.
Conor, Mike and Nate.”
Returning to the studio in 2019, the group - made up of Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott - announced that they signed to indie Dead Oceans, who also put out the self-titled debut album of Conor’s project with Phoebe Bridgers, Better Oblivion Community Center, and will be sharing Bright Eyes’ forthcoming album.
Tune into ‘Persona Non Grata’ below.