Not one but of a pair of new Bright Eyes singles have been released. Each representing some tracks off the two distinctively different albums coming out. "Take it Easy (Love Nothing)" offers a preview from the forthcoming album "Digital Ash in a Digital Urn," which will showcase Conor's more electronica and pop influences. The other album "I'm Wide Awake It's Morning" will be based more in Oberst's folk sounds. The two full-length albums should hit stores the beginning of the New Year.
The playful single "Take it Easy" uses eighties keyboards and upbeat guitar jangles along with backwards drums which sound as if Jimmy Tamberello (Dntel/Postal Service) programmed them. The effervescent song has a pre-written application to be on a modern day Pretty in Pink soundtrack. The single exclusive track "Burn Rubber," a southern bumpkin song filled with blazing banjos, is a cover of Secretly Canadian's Simon Joyner. The closing instrumental exclusive track "Cremation" is beautiful and easy to fall in love with and evokes almost a hypnotic Boards of Canada sound only done with real instruments.
Conor Oberst's song writing is brilliant especially when he breaks into more pop and electronic materials, like "Take it Easy," and "Cremation." I hope "Digital Ash in a Digital Urn" continues in this vain and should prove to be a great album.