American indie rock band Bright Eyes have released re-recordings of their previous albums. “A Collection of Songs Recorded 1995-1997”, “Letting Off The Happiness” and “Fevers and Mirrors” in May.
The three-piece band has announced that the next set of “companion” albums will be coming soon, and will include new music.
Re-releases of fan favorites
For the new set, Bright Eyes included their 2002 album “Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground” and their 2005 releases “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning” and “Digital Ash in a Digital Urn.” All three re-recordings are set to be released on November 11 via Dead Oceans.
On August 10, Bright Eyes released the lead single from “Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground: A Companion” in the re-released series, “You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You ?Will: Companion Version”
They also released “Gold Mine Gutted: Companion Version”, the lead single from “Digital Ash In A Digital Urn: A Companion” from the reissued series Bright Eyes.
Bright Eyes, made up of Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nate Walcot, announced the re-recording of all of their studio albums in February. They will include a companion EP for each LP.
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Additionally, they will include the covered version of their songs by artists they have found uplifting during this time, she shared.
The group has collaborated with Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch, Maria Taylor and Becky Stark.
The previous set of companion releases included “Letting Off The Happiness: A Companion”, originally released in 1998, and “Fevers and Mirrors: A Companion”, originally released in 2000.
Reissued albums now feature new cover art. They seem to be more minimalist and classic.
“It’s a meaningful way to connect with the past that doesn’t feel totally nostalgic and indulgent,” Oberst explained.
“We take these songs and make them interesting for us again,” he added.
On the road once more
Bright Eyes announced that they would be returning to tour in December 2021. The band began their United States tour in March, starting in Minnesota and concluded the tour in Virginia on April 10.
Bright Eyes then announced that they would hit the road again in August. As of this writing, they are about to start a tour of Europe, visiting Oslo, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Prague, Berlin, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Cologne, and more.
The group will travel to the UK, making stops in London, Manchester, Dublin, Dorset, Birmingham and Glasgow.
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