Conor Oberst is back and reinventing himself again. Following a nice Rolling Stone article, Conor has announced that he will release his second solo album, Upside Down Mountain, on May 20, and tour, kicking off in North Carolina on May 8th.
The first single, Hundreds of Ways, really changes directions for Oberst with an upbeat groove, even bringing in horns and backing vocals from folk duo, First Aid Kit.
The album, recorded in Nashville and produced by Jonathan Wilson, is said to have a country feel, but no matter where you record, you'll always get a bit of strife from Oberst. Even with all the sheen and bubbly guitar, he finds a way to hide the great line: Don't look so forlorn/Don't you look so scared/Don't get so upset/This world was never fair.
Those of you counting down the days until Record Store Day, can add another title to the ever-growing list. Hundreds of Ways will be released as a limited, seven-inch single, along with Fast Friends, an album outtake.
Tickets for the upcoming tour, including 2 nights at the Metro, go on sale this Friday.