Bright Eyes have already released a trio of new songs in 2020, but today they give us the news we’ve been waiting for: they’re releasing a new album called Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was on August 21. It’s their first album in nine years and first for Dead Oceans.
They’ve also shared a new song called “Mariana Trench”, which picks up on the theme of global gloom that has been prevalent in the previous singles and in the album’s title. Nevertheless, there is plenty of instrumental beauty and power to “Mariana Trench” that is emphasised by the video, which was created by Art Camp. About the video, Art Camp states:
“The production of the video started at the beginning of quarantine and finished as people came back out of their homes and took to the streets together. In 18 different bedrooms across the world, listening to Bright Eyes, keeping each other company, we got the chance to collaborate on a story about embracing and celebrating change. The animation is composed of 2,200 hand-illustrated ink paintings based on original 3D animation and archival footage. We hope it makes you excited to imagine that everything could be new.”
Bright Eyes’ new album Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was comes out through Dead Oceans on August 21. Their world tour has been re-scheduled for 2021.
Here’s the album art for Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was, by Zack Nipper.