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Bright Eyes Announce Companion EPs For Next Round Of Album Reissues

Wednesday, 10 August 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Shawn Brackbill

Bright Eyes have announced another round of album reissues and companion EPs.

New editions of 2002's 'Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground', 2005's 'I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning' and 'Digital Ash In A Digital Urn' are scheduled to arrive on November 11 via Dead Oceans.

The second wave of accompanying companion EPs, which feature new recordings of songs from the original albums along with covers from artists they drew inspiration from at the time of the original recording, feature guest appearances from frequent collaborators Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Lavender Diamond's Becky Sark, and Azure Ray's Maria Taylor. There's also covers of Azure Ray's November, Townes Van Zandt’s Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel, and The Faint’s Agenda Suicide.

Head below to view the tracklists, along with the new companion series recordings of You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will from 'Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground', Old Soul Song (For The New World Order) from 'I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning', and Gold Mine Gutted from 'Digital Ash In A Digital Urn'.

These follow May's reissuing of 'A Collection Of Songs Written And Recorded 1995-1997', 'Letting Off The Happiness', and 'Fevers And Mirrors'. The band — Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nate Walcot — revealed plans to reissue all nine of their studio albums back in February.

They'll play rescheduled UK and European dates for later in August and September. Following that, they have a run of North American tour dates lined up for the fall, which include stops in Monterrey, Santa Ana, Toronto, Montreal, Providence, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Mexico City. 

'Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground: A Companion' tracklist:

1. The Big Picture
2. You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will
3. Laura Laurent
4. Nothing Gets Crossed Out
5. November (Azure Ray cover)
6. Waste of Paint

'I’m Wide Awake It's Morning: A Companion' tracklist:

1. Old Soul Song (for the New World Order)
2. First Day of My Life
3. Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel (Townes Van Zandt cover)
4. We Are Nowhere and It’s Now
5. Road to Joy
6. Land Locked Blues

'Digital Ash In A Digital Urn: A Companion' tracklist:

1. Hit the Switch
2. Down in a Rabbit Hole
3. Arc of Time (Time Code)
4. Ship in a Bottle
5. Agenda Suicide (The Faint cover)
6. Gold Mine Gutted

Bright Eyes Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Tue August 30 2022 - LONDON Eventim Apollo
Wed August 31 2022 - MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Thu September 01 2022 - DUBLIN Vicar Street
Mon September 05 2022 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute
Tue September 06 2022 - GLASGOW Barrowland

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