Saddle Creek just sent along another brand new Bright Eyes track, this one the first single from the new LP Cassadaga (due in April) and the focus of the "Four Winds" Single/EP coming out March 6.
Upon first listen, “Four Winds” continues the folk-influenced song craft that pervaded 2005’s brilliant I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning, yet there is something almost Springsteenian about it as well. Sporting a galloping shuffle-beat, and some fancy violin, it comes on with a (not so) sly wink to "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town". The cheery bounce is soon undercut with some Revelations-style biblical imagery and many allusions to our war-filled world, as well as some seering electric guitar work. The song is powerful and sweeping, and makes a rather cathartic sing-along for all us pessimists out here. It makes a fine first glimpse at what could be one of 2007’s best releases.
MP3 - Four Winds - album edit
Straight from Saddle Creek’s press release:
“the first single from the album (Cassadaga), “Four Winds” is set to be released as the Four Winds CD/12" on March 6 and will include 5 exclusive b-sides.
With the once revolving line-up of musicians settled on the three constants of Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott, Bright Eyes spent much of 2006 in the studio working on their follow-up to the acclaimed simultaneous releases Digital Ash in a Digital Urn and I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning. The first single from these sessions, "Four Winds", is presented here along with 5 exclusive B-sides.
Retaining the simmering glow of its predecessors, Four Winds is full of the magic that brought Bright Eyes to international attention. Carefully played, deftly poetic and quietly enchanting, the release has a wandering country charm and all of the story-telling seductiveness of earlier work.
Four Winds and Cassadaga were recorded in various studios in New York City, Los Angeles, Portland, OR and Lincoln, NE. The sessions included a host of guest performers including M.Ward, David Rawlings, Gillian Welch and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney.
Sun-Feb-25, Chicago, IL, Metro w/ Maria Taylor, All Smiles
Tue-Feb-27, Toronto, ON, Opera House w/ Ohbijou
Wed-Feb-28, Somerville, MA, Somerville Theatre w/ M. Ward
Fri-Mar-02, New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom w/ Craig Wedren, AA Bondy
Sat-Mar-03, New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom w/ McCarthy Trenching, Company
Mon-Mar-05, Washington, DC, 9:30 Club w/ Wooden Wand, McCarthy Trenching
Wed-Mar-07, Los Angeles, CA, El Rey w/ Vetiver, Whispertown 2000
Thu-Mar-08, Los Angeles, CA. El Rey w/ Vetiver, Annie Stela
Fri-Mar-09, San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall w/ Vetiver, Annie Stela
Sat-Mar-10, San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall w/ Vetiver, Port O'Brien
Sun-Mar-11, Seattle, WA, Showbox w/ A Weather