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Conor Oberst's New Album, "Upside Down Mountain," Due May 19, Available to Pre-Order; Download Two Tracks Now

  • Monday, March 31, 2014
    Conor Oberst's New Album, "Upside Down Mountain," Due May 19, Available to Pre-Order; Download Two Tracks Now

    Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst has revealed the cover art—The Creation of the Bulls by his friend Ian Felice—for his new solo album Upside Down Mountain, which is out on May 19 via Nonesuch Records, and unveiled a new track from the album, "Governor’s Ball," which you can hear below. The album is now available to pre-order in the Nonesuch Store with an exclusive print featuring the album art, or via iTunes, both with an instant download of the tracks "Hundreds of Ways" and "Governor’s Ball."

    Upside Down Mountain features many other friends of Oberst’s, including producer Jonathan Wilson, engineer Andy LeMaster, bassist Macey Taylor, multi-instrumentalist Blake Mills, and the Swedish sibling folk-rock vocal duo First Aid Kit. What started as exploratory demos with producer-musician Jonathan Wilson at his Fivestar Studios in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, in a home Wilson rents from Oberst, became the first de facto album sessions. Returning to his native Omaha, Nebraska, Oberst kept rolling with the help of frequent collaborator, engineer, and friend Andy LeMaster at his own ARC Studios. Even more tracking followed in Omaha last November and December. Then Oberst and Wilson moved south to Blackbird Studio in Nashville.

    “This is a return to an earlier way I wrote,” Oberst says of the songs on Upside Down Mountain. “It’s more intimate or personal, if you will. Even if all my songs come from the same place, you make different aesthetic decisions along the way. For me, language is a huge part of why I make music. I’m not the greatest guitar player or piano player—I’m not the greatest singer, either—but I feel if I can come up with melodies I like that are fused with poetry I’m proud of, then that’s what I bring to the table. That’s why I’m able to do this.”

    Oberst kicks off the first leg of a world tour in support of the new album on May 8 in North Carolina. His friends and colleagues Dawes appear on the bill as "Special Guests"—both opening the shows and acting as Oberst’s band for the tour. See the dates below and visit nonesuch.com/on-tour for all the details.

    Prior to the album release, a limited-edition seven-inch single will be released exclusively for Record Store Day (Saturday, April 19). This special single will feature album track "Hundreds of Ways" along with album outtake "Fast Friends" on the B-side. You can hear "Hundreds of Ways" here.

    CONOR OBERST ON TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUEST DAWES

    May 8 Haw River Ballroom Saxapahaw, NC
    May 9 The Orange Peel Asheville, NC
    May 10 Shaky Knees Festival Atlanta, GA
    May 11 Charleston Music Hall Charleston, SC
    May 13 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
    May 14 The Beacham Orlando, FL
    May 16 The Hangout Fest Gulf Shores, AL
    May 17 Track 29 Chattanooga, TN
    May 21 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
    May 22 The Space at Westbury Westbury, NY
    May 23&24 9:30 Club Washington, DC
    May 25 Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead Munhall, PA
    May 27 Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH
    May 29 Metro Chicago, IL
    May 30 Metro - Sold Out Chicago, IL
    May 31 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI
    Jun 1&2 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
    Jun 4 Sokol Auditorium Omaha, NE
    Jun 5 The Blue Note Columbia, MO
    Jun 6 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
         
    Jul 8 Cathedral Manchester, UK
    Jul 9 KOKO - Sold Out London, UK
    Jul 11 Bilbao BBK Live Bilbao, SPAIN
    Jul 12 Musilac Festival Aix les Bains, FRANCE
    Jul 13 Cactus Festival Brugge, BELGIUM
    Jul 14 Volkhof Festival Nijmegan, NETHERLANDS
    Jul 15 Paradiso Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
    Jul 17 Gurten Festival Berne, SWITZERLAND
    Jul 18 KOKO London, UK
    Jul 19 Latitude Festival Southwold, UK
    Jul 20 Longitude Festival Dublin, IRELAND
    Jul 21 ABC Glasgow, UK
         
    Jul 27 Newport Folk Festival Newport, RI
    Jul 29 SummerStage New York, NY
         
    Aug 5 Train Aarhus, DENMARK
    Aug 6 Amager Bio Copenhagen, DENMARK
    Aug 11 Fabrik Hamburg, GERMANY
    Aug 12 Postbahnhof Berlin, GERMANY
    Aug 13 Arena Vienna, AUSTRIA
    Aug 14 Freiheiz Munich, GERMANY
    Aug 15 Gloria Cologne, GERMANY
         

     

on March 28, 2014 - 10:24am
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Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst has revealed the cover art for his new solo album Upside Down Mountain, which is out on May 19 via Nonesuch Records, and unveiled a new track from the album, "Governor’s Ball," which you can hear here. The album is now available to pre-order in the Nonesuch Store with an exclusive print featuring the album art, or via iTunes, both with an instant download of the tracks "Hundreds of Ways" and "Governor’s Ball." Oberst kicks off the first leg of a world tour in support of the new album on May 8 with special guests Dawes.

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Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst has revealed the cover art—The Creation of the Bulls by his friend Ian Felice—for his new solo album Upside Down Mountain, which is out on May 19 via Nonesuch Records, and unveiled a new track from the album, "Governor’s Ball," which you can hear below. The album is now available to pre-order in the Nonesuch Store with an exclusive print featuring the album art, or via iTunes, both with an instant download of the tracks "Hundreds of Ways" and "Governor’s Ball."

Upside Down Mountain features many other friends of Oberst’s, including producer Jonathan Wilson, engineer Andy LeMaster, bassist Macey Taylor, multi-instrumentalist Blake Mills, and the Swedish sibling folk-rock vocal duo First Aid Kit. What started as exploratory demos with producer-musician Jonathan Wilson at his Fivestar Studios in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, in a home Wilson rents from Oberst, became the first de facto album sessions. Returning to his native Omaha, Nebraska, Oberst kept rolling with the help of frequent collaborator, engineer, and friend Andy LeMaster at his own ARC Studios. Even more tracking followed in Omaha last November and December. Then Oberst and Wilson moved south to Blackbird Studio in Nashville.

“This is a return to an earlier way I wrote,” Oberst says of the songs on Upside Down Mountain. “It’s more intimate or personal, if you will. Even if all my songs come from the same place, you make different aesthetic decisions along the way. For me, language is a huge part of why I make music. I’m not the greatest guitar player or piano player—I’m not the greatest singer, either—but I feel if I can come up with melodies I like that are fused with poetry I’m proud of, then that’s what I bring to the table. That’s why I’m able to do this.”

Oberst kicks off the first leg of a world tour in support of the new album on May 8 in North Carolina. His friends and colleagues Dawes appear on the bill as "Special Guests"—both opening the shows and acting as Oberst’s band for the tour. See the dates below and visit nonesuch.com/on-tour for all the details.

Prior to the album release, a limited-edition seven-inch single will be released exclusively for Record Store Day (Saturday, April 19). This special single will feature album track "Hundreds of Ways" along with album outtake "Fast Friends" on the B-side. You can hear "Hundreds of Ways" here.

CONOR OBERST ON TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUEST DAWES

May 8 Haw River Ballroom Saxapahaw, NC
May 9 The Orange Peel Asheville, NC
May 10 Shaky Knees Festival Atlanta, GA
May 11 Charleston Music Hall Charleston, SC
May 13 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
May 14 The Beacham Orlando, FL
May 16 The Hangout Fest Gulf Shores, AL
May 17 Track 29 Chattanooga, TN
May 21 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
May 22 The Space at Westbury Westbury, NY
May 23&24 9:30 Club Washington, DC
May 25 Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead Munhall, PA
May 27 Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH
May 29 Metro Chicago, IL
May 30 Metro - Sold Out Chicago, IL
May 31 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI
Jun 1&2 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
Jun 4 Sokol Auditorium Omaha, NE
Jun 5 The Blue Note Columbia, MO
Jun 6 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
     
Jul 8 Cathedral Manchester, UK
Jul 9 KOKO - Sold Out London, UK
Jul 11 Bilbao BBK Live Bilbao, SPAIN
Jul 12 Musilac Festival Aix les Bains, FRANCE
Jul 13 Cactus Festival Brugge, BELGIUM
Jul 14 Volkhof Festival Nijmegan, NETHERLANDS
Jul 15 Paradiso Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Jul 17 Gurten Festival Berne, SWITZERLAND
Jul 18 KOKO London, UK
Jul 19 Latitude Festival Southwold, UK
Jul 20 Longitude Festival Dublin, IRELAND
Jul 21 ABC Glasgow, UK
     
Jul 27 Newport Folk Festival Newport, RI
Jul 29 SummerStage New York, NY
     
Aug 5 Train Aarhus, DENMARK
Aug 6 Amager Bio Copenhagen, DENMARK
Aug 11 Fabrik Hamburg, GERMANY
Aug 12 Postbahnhof Berlin, GERMANY
Aug 13 Arena Vienna, AUSTRIA
Aug 14 Freiheiz Munich, GERMANY
Aug 15 Gloria Cologne, GERMANY
     

 

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Comments

Thank you Connor!

Congrats once again to CO on some beautiful, new music.
Never disappoints.

Can't wait for the full album, but these two new songs+old gems keep me going in the meantime. Keep it up, brother!

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