|Conor Oberst (Photo via Nonesuch Records)|
The collection is the first since 2011's The People's Key, an album with his band Bright Eyes. (The closing song from that album, "One for You, One for Me," was chosen for my 2012 Romantic Songs Playlist in honor of Valentine's Day that year and is definitely one of the most heartfelt songs ever.) This time around Oberst worked with Swedish folk-rock vocal duo First Aid Kit, along with multi-instrumentalist Blake Mills and bassist Macey Taylor. For touring, the band Dawes has been enlisted as a suitable back up, and in some cases serving as opener as well. They will be appearing in NYC at the Central Park SummerStage on July 29.