It’s been nearly three years since Conor Oberst last released a record. The Omaha singer-songwriter dropped Bright Eyes’ “The People’s Key” in February 2011, following releases from Monsters of Folk and the Mystic Valley Band.
However, Oberst hasn’t released a true solo record — that is, billed merely as Conor Oberst — since 2008’s self-titled release, but all that’s about to change with “Upside Down Mountain,” a new album expected this May. To precede the album, the 33-year-old released a new song, “Hundreds of Ways,” today (Feb. 11).
The new tune fits snug within the country-flavored sound Oberst has been rumored to be moving toward with the new album, though vocally it’s made up of the singer’s quintessential warble.
The song features backing vocals from Johanna and Klara Soderberg of Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit.
“Hundreds of Ways” will be released in a seven-inch format for Record Store Day April 19, Rolling Stone reports. A B-side, “Fast Friends,” will be included.
Oberst has also announced a tour in support of “Upside Down Mountain,” kicking off May 8 in Saxapahaw, N.C. The U.S. leg of the tour will stretch to June 7 in Lexington, Ky., with an additional announced date at one of Central Park’s Summer Stage dates this July in New York.
“Upside Down Mountain” is currently scheduled for a May 20 release via Nonesuch Records. For a full list of tour dates — all featuring California folk-rockers Dawes — see below.
May 8 – Saxapahaw, N.C. (Haw River Ballroom)
May 9 – Asheville, N.C. (The Orange Peel)
May 10 – Atlanta, Ga. (Shaky Knees Festival)
May 11 – Charleston, S.C. (Charleston Music Hall)
May 13 – Ponte Vedra, Fla (Ponte Vedra Concert Hall)
May 14 – Orlando, Fla. (The Beacham)
May 16 – Gulf Shores, Ala. (Hangout Music Festival)
May 17 – Chattanooga, Tenn. (Track 29)
May 22 – Westbury, N.Y. (The Space at Westbury)
May 23 – Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
May 24 – Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
May 25 – Munhall, Pa. (Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead)
May 27 – Cincinnati, Ohio (Taft Theatre)
May 29 – Chicago, Ill. (Metro)
May 30 – Chicago, Ill. (Metro)
June 1 – Minneapolis, Minn. (First Avenue)
June 2 – Minneapolis, Minn. (First Avenue)
June 4 – Omaha, Neb. (Sokol Auditorium)
June 5 – Columbia, Mo. (The Blue Note)
June 6 – Nashville, Tenn. (Ryman Auditorium)
June 7 – Lexington, Ky. (Buster’s)