Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, and M. Ward’s M. Ward have been singer/songwriter buddies for years, so it came as no surprise when details about a collaborative album came out. Those details, however, were few and all we had until today was a release date (Sept. 22) with a virtually barren official site.
Speaking to NME.com, the trio revealed that they are actually a quartet and that their forthcoming album will be, as we could’ve predicted, a stripped down affair. Bright Eyes’ Mike Mogis is not only producing the record, as previously reported, but he also performs on the songs, making the lineup very similar to Bright Eyes’ critically acclaimed I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning, which also featured James and Ward.
“The only rule we made was that we only wanted the four of us to play on it,” Oberst said of the sessions. “There were no extra hired guns, no drummers… we took turns playing drums and bass and experimenting.”