Illustration for article titled Bright Eyes break out the bagpipes for Persona Non Grata, their first new song in 9 years

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Conor Oberst hasn’t shared new Shiny Eyes tunes in almost a decade, occupying himself as a substitute with solo work, Desaparecidos, and Higher Oblivion Neighborhood Heart, the band he began with Phoebe Bridgers. With the pulsing vein that’s Fevers And Mirrors turning 20, nevertheless, a reunion of some type was assuredly within the works for 2020, and in January Oberst started teasing new music from his previous moniker. At the moment, with “Persona Non Grata,” we get a style.

As in Shiny Eyes songs previous, Oberst’s quivering vocals cycle knot collectively biblical references, mundanities, and scraps of character element inside a dry, romantic ballad of piano, drums, and, on this case, bagpipes. It’s pretty, and a superb signal of what’s to return of their upcoming LP, which is able to arrive someday this 12 months through Useless Oceans.

In a letter shared with the tune’s press launch, the band sends “love and solidarity” to followers on this time, promising that the album will drop it doesn’t matter what however that they’re “reassessing” their 2020 touring plans. Learn it in full under.

Illustration for article titled Bright Eyes break out the bagpipes for Persona Non Grata, their first new song in 9 years

Right here’s the letter in full:

Hiya Associates,

Unusual days certainly. Simply needed to ship our love and solidarity to everybody on the market feeling alone, frightened and remoted. You aren’t alone. We’re all on this collectively. We, like so many others, had many plans for 2020. We can be releasing a brand new album this 12 months it doesn’t matter what. We even have plenty of touring plans which we are actually reassessing. We are going to preserve you knowledgeable as issues progress. We each a lot wish to get on the street and hope to see you all in particular person sooner slightly than later. Till then, here’s a tune known as “Persona Non Grata.” We hope you prefer it. It was exhausting to resolve which tune to share first as a result of they’re all fairly totally different, however this one appeared nearly as good of a spot as any to start out. And it has bagpipes! Which is a primary for us. We hope this finds you and your family members wholesome and protected. Considering of you fondly.

Your buddies,

Conors, Mike and Nate