Bright Eyes has to be one of the most exciting bands around. Behind the mastermind of Conor Oberst, their music continues to evolve little bits at a time. The band has covered a wide array of sounds, branching out into indie folk rock and country.
In 2005, Bright Eyes simultaneously released two albums of very diverging material. I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning captures a folk sound accompanied by melancholy, moving lyrics. The other record, Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, has a more synthetic sound, showing the band's array of talent. The band's most recent, Cassadaga continues the band's tradition of creativity. The record is fairly eclectic, featuring the addition of a chamber orchestra to add new colors, thicker textures and bring a new character to the music. One of the most exciting aspects of Cassadaga is the poetic nature of Oberst's writing and the symbolism found in all corners of this record. And despite the thick orchestration, listeners can retain an intimate relationship with lyrics throughout. Cassadaga employs a variety of moods, taking the listener through an exhausting emotional journey, peaking at the exciting "Four Winds," and ending with the depressed "Lime Tree." Although the album is definitely exciting on first listen, it grows to a more remarkable experience as you wrap your arms around it.