A couple of weeks ago I purchased Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band’s debut album. I was curious to see what the new band would bring to Oberst’s repertoire. I have followed Oberst since his emo-screaming, frantic melodies featured in Fevers and Mirrors and Letting Off the Happiness, yet I much prefer his subtle country tones and folk rythms in his latest projects such as Cassadaga. I was pleased with the new album’s tone and sense of self. It bears a perfect combination of up-beat country twang (Souled Out!!!) and sensitive, utterly pretty songs (Lenders in the Temple). Oberst continues to mature and define his musical style with each album he releases. The latest is a wonderful declaration of self-expression that pays homage to great American music with a modern twist.
The band is playing November 12 at the National, here in Richmond.
Check out the video for Souled Out!!!