Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst have had a bit of a history collaborating together. Oberst first appeared alongside Bridgers for an excellent track on her 2017 debut album Stranger In The Alps. Oberst then brought her in to record some vocals on a great song just last year. And it’s not surprising that the two are fans of each other, considering both have made some of the best singer/songwriter material in recent years. Of course, Oberst has been at it much longer, but Bridgers has already begun making a big name for herself. Considering how well the two compliment each other, fans have been clamoring for a full-on collaboration project. And today the fans have been given exactly what they wanted with Better Oblivion Community Center.
The seeds for Better Oblivion Community Center started getting planted earlier this month. The band popped up online and teased their project with an actual bench advertisement, which included a hotline to call. The whole viral marketing stunt worked to build a good bit of hype around this mysterious group. And yesterday it was confirmed that the members were none other than Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst. The duo made it official with a live performance on The Late Show, which coincided with the release of their full debut album.
Yes, you read that right. The full self-titled debut popped up on all streaming platforms last night, marking it the first big surprise drop of the year. And, unsurprisingly, it’s really, really great. Physical editions of the album will be out February 22 via Dead Oceans. Below you’ll find the album art and tracklist for the LP as well as their themed live performance of “Dylan Thomas” from last night’s Late Show.
01 Didn’t Know What I Was In For
03 Dylan Thomas
04 Service Road
05 Exception To The Rule
07 My City
08 Forest Lawn
09 Big Black Heart
Stream Better Oblivion Community Center right here.
Pre-order physical copies of the album here.