Conor Oberst Ropes in First Aid Kit for Country-Styled Solo Album, Reveals Abandoned Plan for Monsters of Folk Screenplay

Conor Oberst Ropes in First Aid Kit for Country-Styled Solo Album, Reveals Abandoned Plan for Monsters of Folk Screenplay
After offering up recent efforts with reunited post-hardcore crew Desaparecidos, prolific Nebraska-bred indie artist Conor Oberst has his sights set on finishing up a new solo album.

Rolling Stone reports that Oberst has been out in Nashville prepping a "country-flavoured" solo set with producer Jonathan Wilson (Dawes, Father John Misty). Track details have yet to appear in full for the as-yet-untitled LP, but it will apparently include a new tune called "Time Forgot" and feature back-up vocals from folky Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit. The outfit apparently contribute to much of the album.

According to the interview, Oberst notes that he doesn't "relate to a lot of [his] earlier songs," admitting that he's toned down the verbosity he honed in Bright Eyes. "That might be cathartic when you're doing it, but it doesn't necessarily hold up," he said.

This time around, the song cycle is apparently about settling down, owing in part to getting married in 2010.

"She's a reason to go home," he said of his wife, adding of slowing down, "I've been writing songs since I was fucking 13 years old. So much of my younger life was devoted to endless tours and a frantic need to create. But maybe I don't need to chase every ambition."

An ETA for the new album has not yet been given.

Also uncovered in the interview was a since-abandoned plan Oberst had to write a screenplay based on his Monsters of Folk project with Jim James, Mike Mogis and M. Ward. The songwriter had apparently started up work on the project while touring behind his Bright Eyes' The People's Key album, and the film would have been delivered as "an allegory about how the Internet is destroying humanity."

Unfortunately, we may never see the final results, as Oberst gave up on the screenplay to work on his upcoming solo album.

This is another recent film-minded piece of info revolving around Oberst, with news that the artist had auditioned for the lead role in the Coen brothers' folk music-exploring Inside Llewyn Davis having surfaced late last year.

"They auditioned a lot of musicians and actors for this part, to the point where I heard the Coen brothers and T Bone Burnett say that they had more or less given up on the idea of finding someone. And then you appeared," Oberst had told the film's actual lead, Oscar Isaac, in a feature for Interview Magazine.