When I saw Conor Oberst last fall supporting his first "solo" album, I noticed two things. One, he wasn't the vulnerable, shy frontman with a quivering voice I saw during his Bright Eyes days. Two, he obviously had written more than twice the songs needed for the album. Normally, when a band/artist put out their first album you can expect to hear almost the entire album because it's the only material they have. But, if Conor Oberst has taught us anything through his numerous identities (Commander Venus, Park Ave, Desaparecidos, Bright Eyes), the man is always writing and making great music. With his self-titled "Conor Oberst" not even a year old, another album "Outer South" is scheduled for release on May 5th.
This time around, Conor is shining some light on the folks that helped him make both records and played with him on tour, The Mystic Valley Band. Recorded at Sonic Ranch Studios, just outside El Paso, Texas, listeners can expect the same southern style, folk/rock that never seems too loud or slow. Among the 16 tracks are a few that were played on his last tour, including: Slowly (Oh So Slowly), Ten Women, Nikorette & I Got The Reason. One song I am curious about is "Eagle On A Pole", a great acoustic song that was already released on the first album, but making a second appearance on the new album as well.
If that wasn't enough, if you simply needed more. Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band will also release "One Of My Kind" on April 15th, a documentary filmed over the past year and a half filled with behind the scenes footage in the studio and on tour. The video will be available to stream or download for FREE at Causecast.org and Conor's site.