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Conor Oberst Releases New Song, Announces Upcoming Solo Album

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Conor Oberst is getting ready to release his sixth solo album, or way more than that if you count all the Bright Eyes albums he masterminded, this spring. But he just unleashed ‘Hundreds of Ways,’ the album’s first single, as a four-and-a-half-minute taste.

Shuffling along to the indie-Americana rhythm that’s fueled his most recent records — like 2009’s ‘Outer South’ — ‘Hundreds of Ways’ pretty much says that the upcoming album, ‘Upside Down Mountain,’ is gonna be more dusty-trail meditation (like most everything Oberst has released since his self-titled 2008 album) than the kitchen-sink-and-what-else-can-we-throw-in aesthetic of Bright Eyes’ best work.

Still, we kinda like the horns that let out little sonic farts here and there in ‘Hundreds of Ways,’ and Oberst is starting to settle into his twang a little more naturally these days. You can listen to the song above.

It’s been a sorta rough 2014 so far for Oberst, who was accused in an anonymous Internet post of raping a young fan a decade ago. He denied the allegations in a press release. No doubt his latest press release announcing the new album (which comes out on May 20) was easier to assemble.

A couple weeks before ‘Upside Down Mountain’ is released, Oberst will hit the road for a month-long tour in which opening band Dawes will also play his backing band. ‘Hundreds of Ways’ will also be released as a limited-edition seven-inch single on Record Store Day, April 19, with an album outtake called ‘Fast Friends’ on the flip side, if you’re into that sorta thing.

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