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Conor Oberst Announces A New Country-Flavored Album And His Hatred For The Internet

Obersting at the seams.. lay off the donuts hipster





















Last time I heard about Conor Oberst, it was about these awful rape accusations, and since that time, I haven’t been able to find any update, there is simply no recent news about the situation. Whatever happened 10 years ago, it may affect Conor’s sales and career, but this didn’t prevent him to quietly announce to Rolling Stone he is recording a new album,… in Nashville.

So should you expect a country album? Very probably, as it is produced by Jonathan Wilson (Dawes, Father John Misty) and will feature the Swedish and charming First Aid Kit sisters on the backing vocals. According to Rolling Stone, the songs deal with settling down (He got married a few years ago, it’s official now) and ‘finding solace after emotional turmoil’ as he explained:

‘I’ve been writing songs since I was fucking 13 years old. So much of my younger life was devoted to endless tours and a frantic need to create. But maybe I don’t need to chase every ambition’.

Conor Oberst has changed quite a bit apparently, he has reached another phase of his life, he is older (33) and his music and songs are different, ‘I don’t relate to a lot of my earlier songs,’ he continues, ‘They were extremely verbose. That might be cathartic when you’re doing it, but it doesn’t necessarily hold up.’

He may be older, but he has also great resentment against this collective tool we all are addicted to: the Internet. During the People’s Key tour, he spent months writing a screenplay starring the Monsters of folk (Jim James, Mike Mogis, M. Ward) which was ‘an allegory about how the Internet is destroying humanity’, but the project fizzled.

He also declares hating social media, no surprise there as you will not find Conor on Facebook or Twitter: ‘I don’t know if it makes me an asshole to not want to talk to my fans. But I’m not going to sit on a fucking computer and try to talk to some fucking 16-year-old in wherever-the-fuck. I try to remind myself to be grateful. I’m not a fucking superstar. I’m not a bazillionaire. I get to do my shit, and for the most part people leave me alone. And that’s the way I want it.’ But I guess all his hatred was amplified by these recent rape accusations, posted on the internet, re-blogged and re-Tumblr-ed to death. Probably like many fans, I would like a clarification about this sad story casting a very dark shadow over Conor, otherwise it will be very hard to truly enjoy his next album. 

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