Better Oblivion Community Center (Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Obert) Release Debut LP
The rumors percolating since summer on fansites, Reddit boards and Twitter were finally confirmed last night when, at midnight EST, an album entitled Better Oblivion Community Center by Better Oblivion Community Center appeared on DSPs, shortly followed by a live performance of "Dylan Thomas" on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert on CBS.
The new band, formed by Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst, kept their plans under wraps for months as they wrote and recorded in Los Angeles in the summer and fall of 2018. By the tail end of the year rumors were swirling and a mysterious phone number appeared on social media platforms. Fans of both artists began receiving enigmatic brochures in the mail and a bus stop advertising the Better Oblivion Community Center appeared in their hometown of LA. The album - released by Dead Oceans - appeared, without warning, on DSPs and within the hour the band were performing - for the very first time! - on network television.
Better Oblivion Community Center tracklist:
- I Didn't Know What I Was In For 6. Chesapeake
- Sleepwalkin' 7. My City
- Dylan Thomas 8. Forest Lawn
- Service Road 9. Big Black Heart
- Exception To The Rule 10. Dominoes
Better Oblivion Community Center features Phoebe Bridgers (vocals, baritone guitar), Conor Oberst (vocals, piano), Nick Zinner (guitar), Carla Azar (drums, percussion), Anna Butterss (upright bass), Christian Lee Hutson (guitar), Andy LeMaster (samples) and Taylor Hollingsworth (sampled voice).
Produced by Phoebe Bridgers, Conor Oberst and Andy LeMaster. Engineered by Andy LeMaster at Fivestar Studio in Los Angeles. Mixed by John Congleton. All songs written by Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst except "Chesapeake" and "Forest Lawn" by Phoebe Bridgers, Conor Oberst and Christian Lee Hutson. And "Dominos" by Taylor Hollingsworth.