Early this year, Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst joined forces to create Better Oblivion Community Center, a project that is better than it honestly should be. Across the 10 tracks of their self-titled album, the duo expertly play off of each other, swiftly fusing together to form a work that sounds like it’s somehow always been here. Their chemistry is not unlike some of the great duos of the past, which further makes us all yearn for future albums under the BOCC name. Although none such news has cropped up, the band have provided us with some brand new material in the form of two new songs, and well yeah you can probably guess at this point that they’re pretty great.
The two tracks, “Little Trouble” and “Sleepwalkin’ (Daydreamin’ Version)” were originally released as a tour-only 7” single. But now that their US dates have wrapped, the new songs are available for all ears to here. As you can assume based on the titles, “Little Trouble” is the a-side here as it’s a brand new non-album track. “Sleepwalkin’ (Daydreamin’ Version)” is, you guessed it, an alternate version of the album highlight “Sleepwalkin’” but this one ditches the folksy tunings for a dancier rendition. Both tracks are good additions to their short, but already fantastic, catalog as Better Oblivion Community Center. And both happened to provide us with more hope that the two will try and ride this band out long-term. Hell, give us an entire album of these upbeat stylings at the very least!
For now, let us be thankful for what we have. Check out both tracks down below.
Also, today marks the release of NPR’s newest Tiny Desk Concert video that features none other than Better Oblivion Community Center. Instead of going on and on about it, I’ll just point you right here to watch the video. It’s sure to brighten your day a bit.
The self-titled debut from Better Oblivion Community Center is genuinely one of the best things I’ve heard all year. You need to do yourself a favor and pick up a copy right now.