Bright Eyes have ended their eight-year-long hiatus with “Persona Non Grata,” their first new release since 2011’s The People’s Key.
Frontman Connor Oberst leads the piano-driven track with his signature wavering vocals. “There’s a playground of children / In the shadows of buildings / There’s a lawn out the church / Where your homelessness works,” he sings on the melancholic song, which features a unique bagpipe melody.
“Just wanted to send our love and solidarity to everyone out there feeling alone, frightened and isolated. You are not alone,” Bright Eyes wrote in a press release. “We are all in this together. We, like so many others, had many plans for 2020. We will be releasing a new album this year no matter what.”
“It was hard to decide which song to share first because they are all quite different, but this one seemed as good of a place as any to start,” they added. “And it has bagpipes! Which is a first for us. We hope this finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe.”
Listen to “Persona Non Grata” below: