Bright Eyes share lush new single ‘One And Done’

Bright Eyes share lush new single ‘One And Done’

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Bright Eyes has shared “One and Done,” the third single released in anticipation of the band’s forthcoming new album, set for release sometime this year.

Afloat in a swirl of eerily prophetic lyricism, “One and Done” is a picture-postcard from the crumbling Anthropocene. In his gravelly monotone, Conor Oberst details the familiar view: “This whole town looks empty but we knew it wouldn’t last/ Behind bulletproof windows they’re still wiring the cash/ Whatever they could scrape up, whatever that they had/ There’s a lot of mouths to feed through this famine.” A stringent flurry of haunting strings, arranged by Nathaniel Walcott, coalesce with Flea on bass and vocals from Miwi La Lupa.

Bright Eyes | Photo credit: Shawn Brackbill

“One and Done” is armed with the same interior claustrophobia as the band’s previous single, “Forced Convalescence,” and falls in line with a number of recently released tracks that seem to confirm the zeitgeist of 2020 as a kind of dystopian stuck-ness. But at least it’s pretty lovely.

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