Published Sep 29, 2016Conor Oberst announced that his latest solo offering would arrive this fall under the title Ruminations, and while he hasn't shared much in the way of teasers leading up to the release, the full album is now online for your listening pleasure.
As previously reported, the new record was inspired by the enduring another "paralyzing" Omaha winter, inspiring the singer-songwriter to record his freshly written material quickly and simply.
"I wasn't expecting to write a record," he said. "I honestly wasn't expecting to do much of anything. Winter in Omaha can have a paralyzing effect on a person but in this case it worked in my favor. I was just staying up late every night playing piano and watching the snow pile up outside the window. Next thing I knew I had burned through all the firewood in the garage and had more than enough songs for a record. I recorded them quick to get them down but then it just felt right to leave them alone."
The result is a stripped down, piano-driven set of 10 songs, and you can hear them for yourself right now. Ruminations is officially out on October 14 through Nonesuch Records, but you can give it an early listen via NPR in the player below.
You can also catch Oberst live at the upcoming shows listed below. Before you do, make sure to brush up on his back catalogue by reading Exclaim!'s Essential Guide to Conor Oberst.
10/01 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
10/02 Pomona, CA - The Glass House
10/03 Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl
10/05 Santa Fe, NM - The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing Company
10/07 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
10/08 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
11/06 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium *
11/17 Toronto, ON - Massey Hall *
11/23 New York, NY - Carnegie Hall *
11/26 Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall *
11/27 Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall *
12/09 Los Angeles, CA - The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church *
12/10 Los Angeles, CA - The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church *
* solo shows