Better Oblivion Community Center get lost in a surreal fever-dream in video for “Dylan Thomas,” self-titled album out now

Better Oblivion Community Center, the mash-up project of Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst have finally released their self-titled debut album along with a music video of their “Dylan Thomas.” Bridgers just recently ended her tour with another singer/songwriter supergroup boygenius, alongside the likes of Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus, and what better way to top off that experience than working with the man from Bright Eyes? Their album is about as emotionally viscerating and chock-full of some seriously affecting songwriting as you’d expect from the duo and the delights continue on the music video for “Dylan Thomas.” Directed by Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast fame and whose already wooed us before with her self-directed videos for her own music, the film is a red-tinted seance of oddities complete with—in one of our favorite scene—Bridgers shredding away with Oberst behind her playing a riff on a guitar held by an angel. It’s all feverish guitar work and electric energy on one of the album’s more kinetic tracks, but just like the rest of the batch of songs, there’s something special in the mixture of Bridgers’ dead-pan crooning and Oberst’s sly lyricism that is so brilliantly perfect in their collision. After watching the film you’d be hard-pressed to not want an entire series of flicks seeing the duo get into all manner of Zauner directed shenanigans.

“Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst are two of my favorite songwriters and lyricists of our time, so it was an honor to get to work with them on the visuals for their new project together,” Zauner said of the film. “As always I worked with Adam Kolodny, my DP and creative collaborator to bring this cross between an Eyes Wide Shut LA mansion party and the Great Northern Hotel to life.”

Better Oblivion Community Center will be going on tour this spring with a stop at The Teragram Ballroom on March 14 in Los Angeles. Visit the band’s website and Facebook to stay updated on future releases and tour announcements.

Watch the music video for Better Oblivion Community Center’s song “Dylan Thomas” below!


Better Oblivion Center Tour Dates

08-Mar Tucson – The Rialto
09-Mar Las Vegas – Bunk Bar
10-Mar San Diego – Music Box
11-Mar San Luis Obispo – Fremont Theater
14-Mar Los Angeles – Teragram Ballroom
15-Mar San Francisco – August Hall
16-Mar Portland – Doug Fir
17-Mar Seattle – Neumo’s
19-Mar Salt Lake City – Metro Bar
20-Mar Denver – Bluebird Theater
21-Mar Omaha – Slowdown
22-Mar Minneapolis – Fine Line
23-Mar Chicago – Lincoln Hall
25-Mar Cleveland – Beachland Ballroom
26-Mar Pittsburgh – Mr Smalls
28-Mar Boston – The Sinclair
29-Mar New York – Bowery Ballroom
30-Mar Brooklyn – Music Hall of Williamsburg
31-Mar Providence – Columbus Theater
02-Apr Philadelphia – Union Transfer
03-Apr Washington DC – Black Cat
04-Apr Carrboro – Cat’s Cradle
05-Apr Asheville – Grey Eagle
06-Apr Atlanta – Terminal West
07-Apr Nashville – Basement East
09-Apr Austin – Mohawk
10-Apr Dallas – Trees
12-Apr Santa Fe – Meow Wolf
13-Apr Phoenix – Crescent Ballroom
29-Apr Helsinki – The House of Culture
01-May Oslo – Rockefeller
02-May Stockholm – Berns
03-May Copenhagen – Vega
05-May Berlin – Columbia Theater
06-May Cologne – Kantine
07-May Amsterdam – Paradiso
08-May Antwerp – De Roma
10-May Bristol – Academy
11-May London – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
12-May Manchester – Ritz

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