Conor Oberst releases an ode to the festival-goers with track “Governor’s Ball” from upcoming LP Upside Down Mountain

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Conor Oberst | Photo by David McClister

Conor Oberst appears to be returning to his Omaha, Nebraska roots, with the recently announced country/ blue-grass inspired album Upside Down Mountain, set to be released on May 20 via Nonesuch Records.

Oberst has now uncloaked the second track from that album, titled “Governor’s Ball”: an upbeat number with climatic sax instrumentals that really bring the song to life, and vocals that are far less somber than anything we’ve come to know and love from Bright Eyes. Whether the song is a ploy to reach the hearts of the ever-expanding scene of festival-goers, or a true to life tale of a van-riding boy and “klonopin-eyed girl”, or both, I’m not sure; but the song sounds really good, and Oberst’s maturity as an artist moving between genres is certainly commendable.

Get tickets for when Conor Oberst plays Union Transfer on May 21 here, and listen to “Governor’s Ball” below. Check here for a full list of tour dates.

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