Due out through Dead Oceans, the self-titled LP is comprised of 10 tracks. According to a press statement, the collaborative effort was written and recorded in Los Angeles over the summer and fall seasons of 2018. Mixing was handled by John Congleton, the studio veteran who’s worked with Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, and Bridgers’ fellow boygenius bandmate Lucy Dacus.
Joining Oberst and Bridgers on the album is a long list of guest musicians, such as Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Carla Azar from Autolux, and Taylor Hollingsworth of Oberst’s Mystic Valley Band. There are also contributions from frequent Bright Eyes collaborator Andy LeMaster and Anna Butterss.
The unveiling of Better Oblivion Community Center follows weeks of teases via social media, mysterious telephone numbers, and surprise brochures mailed out to fans. Physical versions of the album are due out February 22nd.
Oberst and Bridgers are expected to perform together live for the first time as Better Oblivion Community Center on Colbert Wendesday night, where they’ll roll out the track “Dylan Thomas”. They’re also scheduled to appear on CBS This Morning this Saturday, January 26th.
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Better Oblivion Community Center Tracklist:
01. I Didn’t Know What I Was In For
03. Dylan Thomas
04. Service Road
05. Exception to the Rule
07. My City
08. Forest Lawn
09. Big Black Heart
Oberst and Bridgers have combined their talents in the past. Oberst previously lent his voice to “Would You Rather” from Bridgers’ debut full-length, Stranger in the Alps. Last October, the pair recorded a new collaborative version of Oberst’s “LAX”.