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Down In The Weed Where The World Once Was

PLU: 656605151021
Format - CD
Genre - Alternative
Release Date - 21/08/20

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As a title, as a thesis, Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was functions on a global, apocalyptic level of anxiety that looms throughout the record. But on a personal level, it speaks to rooting around in the dirt of one's memories, trying to find the preciousness that's overgrown and unrecognizable.

For Oberst, coming back to Bright Eyes was a bit of that. A symbol of simpler times, vaguely nostalgic. And even though it wasn't actually possible to go back to the way things were, even though there wasn't an easy happy ending, there was a new reality left to work with.

Down in the Weeds is a distillation of a prolific, enduring canon. It's immediate and urgent, the product of its creators' growth across a decade apart, as well as the need to make a record together to find solace from loss. Through deliberate, fearless experimentation in process, the trio made the truest Bright Eyes sound: the sound of a deep bond, of a band coming home, but also a seamless continuation, like Bright Eyes never went away.

It's the impossible, sprawling mess of human experience that Bright Eyes has always sought to put to tape, since the beginning – the sound of holding on. Why now? Why not?

Primary Format - MusicCD
LabelDead Oceans
Music GenreAlternative
Music Genre PrimaryAlternative


  • 1. Pageturners Rag
  • 2. Dance and Sing
  • 3. Just once in the World
  • 4. Mariana Trench
  • 5. One and Done
  • 6. Pan and Broom
  • 7. Stairwell Song
  • 8. Persona Non Grata
  • 9. Tilt-A-Whirl
  • 10. Hot Car in the Sun
  • 11. Forced Convalescence
  • 12. To Death's Heart (In Three Parts)
  • 13. Calais to Dover
  • 14. Comet Song
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