You are probably familiar with Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes with his popular songs “First Day of My Life” and “At the Bottom of Everthing,” but do you know of his project Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band? No?! Then keep reading and start listening beginning with “Big Black Nothing.”
Conor Oberst is known for his sing/talk like voice, but this album is much more vocally melodic in my opinion, and in turn much easier to sing along with. The project includes the voices of other musicians as well, such as Nik Freitas, Taylor Hollingsworth, Jason Boesel and Macey Taylor.
If you’ve never listened to this album I suggest starting with “Big Black Nothing,” “Air Mattress,” “Bloodline” and “Ten Women” to understand their sound. One of my favorite songs on the album is called “Snake Hill.” It is sung by Taylor Hollingsworth. Although I do not enjoy his voice the lyrics of the song I find to be very quirky and interesting. The song is about a snake who falls in love with a girl. This theme reminds me of Tom Wait’s “Fish and Bird” song, except much more dismal.
I would also suggest listening to Conor Oberst’s other bands, such as Bright Eyes. My favorite album from Bright Eyes is by far I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning due to its very folky singer-songwriter style. Do not hesitate to buy a Conor Oberst album. You will impress your friends with you musical knowledge and can talk about Oberst with almost any young musician today!