After nearly a decade on hiatus Bright Eyes have returned in earnest with a new single, “Persona Non Grata,” and the promise that it will be followed by more music from the Omaha-born outfit. The new song, which still carries all the raw, grating angst that Conor Oberst’s soft croon seems eternally imbued with, puts its best melancholic foot forward as the band tackles once more all the tattered leftovers of love and heartbreak.
Complete with its hauntingly leisurely melody, given crescendo through accordion shrieks and a steady drum surge, “Persona Non Grata” is a reminder of all the quiet, simple ways Bright Eyes has made such poignant music with so little fanfare. Oberst and company continue to cut deep with their hurt ballads and to say their return is sorely needed at a time when most of the world is self-isolated would be a gross understatement. What a better way to ride the wave of uncertainty that to the sound of Bright Eyes’ quivering, tentatively hopeful dirges of love and life?
Bright Eyes have three Los Angeles tour dates scheduled for May 21, 22 & 23 at the Hollywood Palladium So far the dates have not been postponed. Grab tickets here. Visit their Facebook, and Instagram to stay updated on new releases and tour announcements.