When Bright Eyes returned last month with their first song in nine years, it proved that fans had just as much fervor for Conor Oberst’s most beloved project as ever, and, the band had lost little, if any, of their appeal in the time passed. Today, the band share their second song post-reunion, “Forced Convalescence.”
“Forced Convalescence” proceeds with a tempered restraint fit to Oberst’s reputation for existential uncertainty (“catastrophizing my birthday / turning 40”). Beginning as a tepid piano ballad, Bright Eyes gradually build to a dense crescendo featuring a gospel choir and contributions from Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on the Bright Eyes reunion, bringing into question the band’s almost immediately sold-out new tour dates, there’s still an album on the horizon to look forward to. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Bright Eyes’ Fevers And Mirrors and the 15th anniversary of I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning and Digital Ash In A Digital Urn.