Bright Eyes have confirmed that a new album is on the way. Conor Oberst and co. have also shared “Persona Non Grata,” Bright Eyes’ first track in nine years and also their first single since signing to Dead Oceans. In addition, Bright Eyes are sharing a note that says they “will be releasing a new album this year no matter what.” Listen to “Persona Non Grata” and read Bright Eyes’ full statement below.
The new album, which does not yet have a title or release date, will be the band’s first since The People’s Key in 2011. Bright Eyes announced their first tour dates in nine years earlier this year—an announcement that followed the launch of their Instagram account with a teaser that hinted at an impending comeback.
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