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The Influence and Legacy of Conor Oberst

The Influence and Legacy of Conor Oberst

Following 2016 solo album, Ruminations, ex-Bright Eyes main man, Conor Oberst, flipped things over, releasing the full-band companion LP, Salutations, on March 17th, 2017.

In the immediacy that was Rumination's "rough magic", Oberst found it compulsory to record right away, regardless of initial intent. Salutations takes that same original instrumental vision, adding fuller sounds and extra tracks. An usual display of duality, but since his emergence in the early-90s, Oberst has rarely done things in the expected manner.

Over the past 25 years Oberst has performed and released music under a variety of names and aliases. Early projects Commander Venus, The Faint and The Magnetas, eventually evolving into his breakout, solo project, Bright Eyes. With 2002's Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground, Oberst received widespread recognition, garnering praise and a cult-like devotion, following him even as he splintered off into several other new projects, including Desaparecidos, the Monsters of Folk supergroup and, eventually, under his own name, both solo and alongside The Mystic Valley Band.

His vast back catalogue and influence continues with the Ruminations and Salutations pair, both taking two approaches to celebrating Oberst's legacy as one of the great modern songwriters.

In commeration of the latest release, we recently hosted a "round table" discussion with Australian songwriters Caitlin Park, Ben Lee and Busby Marou's Tom Busby to discuss the moment when they first discuss the magic of Oberst and how he continues to influence their own work.



Conor Oberst


Conor Oberst


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