Conor Oberst hints at new Bright Eyes album

Indie folk icon Conor Oberst, who visits Edinburgh on a solo tour in February, says Bright Eyes have discussed making another album.

The People’s Key was believed to be the last ever Bright Eyes record when it was released in 2011, but now Oberst, who releases new solo offering Ruminations later this month, reveals in the new issue of Uncut magazine that he’s not sure if it’ll be the cult band’s final album.

“I don’t know if it will be the last Bright Eyes album, we still talk about doing another record,” explains the 36-year-old. ”Nate [Walcott] and Mike [Mogis] are both really busy doing their own stuff… We’ve always tried to do things we’re interested in at that moment.

“For fans of my music or Bright Eyes, I think that’s frustrating for a lot of them because we don’t really do that same thing twice too much.”

In the November issue of Uncut, which is on sale now, Oberst also discusses the making of records by Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos, Monsters Of Folk and his own solo work.

A few weeks ago, as reported on AAA, Oberst revealed in an interview with New York magazine that he has a cyst on his brain.

Last year, Oberst unexpectedly cancelled 22 gigs – both solo dates and a tour with his punk band Desaparecidos – after being admitted to a Jacksonville, Florida, hospital for laryngitis, anxiety and exhaustion.

“You have crazy-high blood pressure,” Oberst remembers the doctor saying. “I’m recommending that you go to the hospital.”

A CT scan led to an MRI, which led to “the dude basically saying, ‘Your brain looks weird.’ He was throwing out terms like pre-dementia.”

The cyst was discovered at the Mayo clinic. “Long story short, and happy ending — they’re like, ‘You have a cyst in your brain,’ ” he said. “It’s probably been there my whole life.

“Now I’m taking medicine for (high blood pressure) and taking happy pills to feel less stressed out,” he added.

Oberst is set to make a rare appearance in Edinburgh when he visits the Queen’s Hall on 3 February.

The talented Nebraskan will also play dates in London (1 Feb), Manchester (2 Feb) and Dublin (5 Feb) in support of Ruminations, which is set to be released on October 14 via Nonesuch Records.

Described as a “raw, unadorned” acoustic record, the album follows Oberst’s last solo effort, 2014’s Upside Down Mountain.

CONOR OBERST ON TOUR IN EUROPE

Jan 17 Postpalast Munich, GERMANY
Jan 18 Theaterhaus Stuttgart, GERMANY
Jan 19 Museumquarter Vienna, AUSTRIA
Jan 20 Kaufleuten Zurich, SWITZERLAND
Jan 21 Gloria Cologne, GERMANY
Jan 23 Rockerfeller Oslo, NORWAY
Jan 24 Gota Lejon Stockholm, SWEDEN
Jan 25 Bremen Copenhagen, DENMARK
Jan 26 Apostel Paulus Kirche Berlin, GERMANY
Jan 28 La Maroquinerie Paris, FRANCE
Jan 29 Hertz Utrecht, NETHERLANDS
Jan 30 Ancienne Belgique Brussels, BELGIUM
Feb 1 Palladium London, UK
Feb 2 Albert Hall Manchester, UK
Feb 3 Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, UK
Feb 5 Grand Canal Theatre Dublin, IRELAND

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