Conor Oberst has revealed he is currently finishing up a new solo album in Nashville.
The Bright Eyes man has worked with First Aid Kit on the record, with the sister duo providing backing vocals throughout the album. Oberst featured on the Swedish sisters’ 2012 song ‘King of the World’. The LP is being produced by musician Jonathan Wilson, who has also produced albums for LA based artists Father John Misty and Dawes.
“I tried to work with some big-name producers, and it was like, ‘This dude doesn’t know shit from shit,'” Oberst told Rolling Stone. Oberst’s last release under his own name was 2009’s ‘Outer South’, and in 2011 Bright Eyes released their eighth album, ‘The People’s Key’.
In the interview Oberst revealed that he was definitely not a fan of social media as a means of communicating with his fans. “I don’t know if it makes me an asshole to not want to talk to my fans. But I’m not going to sit on a fucking computer and try to talk to some fucking 16-year-old in wherever-the-fuck,” he said.
Last year Oberst said that he auditioned for the title role in the new Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis. “Thank god for everyone that I didn’t get it,” he said. “But they auditioned a lot of musicians and actors for this part, to the point where I heard the Coen brothers and T Bone Burnett say that they had more or less given up on the idea of finding someone.” The role eventually went to actor Oscar Isaac.