(or trying to)
A few days ago, Saddle Creek offered another Bright Eyes mp3 as a free download, via Spinner.
Meanwhile, the album has leaked (thank you for the tip, MB). (To be honest, I don't feel that guilty about listening to the leaked version as I know that at some point I'll buy the record. on vinyl, hopefully.)
And now, the research on Conor's lyrics is in progress *grin*. When you're at my level of ignorance, you can learn quite a lot by dissecting Conor's lyrics. Take Haile Selassie: before listening to this song I had no idea who Haile Selassie was. And now that I know I'm def interested in learning more about the Rastafari culture.
Then: Jejune Stars. I looove this song. Not knowing what "jejune" means I've looked it up, but I'm still not sure what meaning Conor uses it with: lacking knowledge or experience, maybe? Anyways, you can come across some pretty weird stuff while trying to find the source of his lyrics - like this Jejune Institute. It's funny how the mission of this institute can sound both like a cult and like sth I might actually be interested in. Doesn't it resemble the Dharma Initiative from Lost? hehe Plus: there's already a Wordpress blog called Jejune Stars, and pretty much all the posts are titled after Bright Eyes lyrics. I find it quite comforting to know that there are ppl even more obsessed with Conor than me. Oh, and this blogger is interested in burlesque, and I wrote a text about burlesque just a couple of days ago, or so. How weird is that?! Obviously, a more rational person would tell me that the chances of that happening are quite high but, even so, please allow me to call it a coincidence.
Bright Eyes - Jejune Stars
Like Conor's already said it in interviews, The People's Key revolves mainly around sci-fi lit, space and all that. There was a time when I was interested in space and, later, in conspiracy theories (of any kind), but back then I didn't exactly have the necessary resources to learn more about that. And I guess this album is a good incentive for taking an interest in those things again. Plus, I really hope I'll manage to read some sci-fi lit this year (last year I abandoned a Philip K. Dick novel for a second time (T_T).
Well, there's a lot more to say about The People's Key, but for now this is enough. I'll probably post some more stuff about this album as my research advances *grin* (even at the risk of turning this blog into a Conor Oberst fan page).
P.S. My favorite source for lyrics is Song Meanings. Conor's songs always have many comments; just check out the speculations around the meaning of Shell Games. :)
Later edit (Jan. 31): You can now stream The People's Key at NPR Music till its release on Feb. 15.
I won't mince words: This is the best record Bright Eyes has ever made. In fact, it's the best record the band's frontman, Conor Oberst, has ever been a part of. Publicists like to say as much any time an artist releases a new album, but in this case, it's actually true. The People's Key is a career-defining work of art. (Robin Hilton)Yep, yep! I totally agree :)
Update (Jan. 31): oh. my. gosh. How cool is this?!
'The People's Key' Full Album Stream
(Conor is there, too. yay!)