Thanks to the teams at Dead Oceans and Inertia Music fans of beloved US indie-emo-folk outfit Bright Eyes can celebrate their long-awaited return to the recorded realms by pre-ordering their new 2-LP opus Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was and receiving a pass to a virtual instore on release day, Friday 21 August!

Head to our website at and purchase the limited edition 2-LP transparent red/transparent orange vinyl version for $50 (plus postage if required) and you’ll receive a link to the virtual inshore performance (at a time TBC but we’ve been assured it will be timezone appropriate).

As a title, as a thesis, Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was functions on a global, apocalyptic level of anxiety that looms throughout the record. But on a personal level, it speaks to rooting around in the dirt of one’s memories, trying to find the preciousness that’s overgrown and unrecognizable.

For the band’s frontman and creative heart Conor Oberst, coming back to Bright Eyes was a bit of that. A symbol of simpler times, vaguely nostalgic. And even though it wasn’t actually possible to go back to the way things were, even though there wasn’t an easy happy ending, there was a new reality left to work with.

Down In The Weeds… is a distillation of a prolific, enduring canon. It’s immediate and urgent, the product of its creators’ growth across a decade apart, as well as the need to make a record together to find solace from loss. Through deliberate, fearless experimentation in process, the trio made the truest Bright Eyes sound: the sound of a deep bond, of a band coming home, but also a seamless continuation, like Bright Eyes never went away.

It’s the impossible, sprawling mess of human experience that Bright Eyes has always sought to put to tape, since the beginning – the sound of holding on. Why now? Why not?