Bright Eyes announce comeback album with “Mariana Trench”

Their first album in nine years is on the way.

Bright Eyes have announced their first album in nine years, Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was, with the new song “Mariana Trench.”

The track—which arrived with a stunning animated video involving 2,200 hand-illustrated ink paintings—follows previous singles “Persona Non Grata,” “Forced Convalescence” and “One and Done.”

Bright Eyes’ previous album The People’s Key arrived in early 2011. The band went on unofficial hiatus after touring the record, though they stayed friends and occasional collaborators over the years. Frontman Conor Oberst pitched the idea of reuniting in 2017, and made with Nathaniel Walcott and Mike Mogis what they deem Bright Eyes’ most collaborative album yet.

“Our history and our friendship, and my trust level with them, is so complete and deep,” Oberst said in a statement. “And I wanted it to feel as much like a three-headed monster as possible.” Queens of the Stone Age drummer Jon Theodore and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea also contributed to the album.

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Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was is set for release on August 21 via Dead Oceans. Watch the video for “Mariana Trench” here:

And watch Bright Eyes perform the song for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert below:

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