Self-titling records seems to be the current craze. Bright Eyes pen-man Conor Oberst is releasing a new solo album under his own name. It appears that it is albums’ title as well. This will be the first solo album since The Soundtrack To My Movie cassette from 1995. Merge Records is putting this one out on August 5th. Here’s what Merge has to say about it:
This recording was made in Tepoztlán, Morelos, México during the months of January and February 2008. In Tepoztlán, a place known for Aztec Magic and Extra-Terrestrial Sightings, a temporary studio was created in a mountain villa called Valle Místico at the outskirts of town. It was produced by Conor Oberst with much help from engineer and long-time associate Andy LeMaster. A special band was assembled for the recording, known amongst themselves and to friends as The Mystic Valley Band. It was there at Valle Místico that Conor and the band lived and worked for that time in near perfect harmony, often unaware of the hour or the day. The result is his first solo album in thirteen years, following Water (1993), Here’s To Special Treatment (1994) and Soundtrack To My Movie (1995). In that time he has recorded and performed in many bands and musical projects including Commander Venus, Park Ave., Desaparecidos, and most notably Bright Eyes, his main musical vehicle for the past decade.
To support the album, Oberst will be touring throughout the summer with The Mystic Valley Band and is already slated to appear at the Austin City Limits festival in September.
Track List in full:
Lenders In The Temple
I Don’t Want To Die (In The Hospital)
Eagle On A Pole
NYC – Gone, Gone
Valle Místico (Ruben’s Song)
Live shows for Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band:
8/24 Reading Festival - England
8/31 Electric Picnic - County Laois, Ireland
9/27 ACL Music Festival - Austin, TX