M. Ward, Jim James, Conor Oberst reuniting for new album
It's a bird... it's a plane... It's a slow-singing, guitar-slinging, floppy-haired supergroup! My Morning Jacket lead crooner Jim James just announced in a recent Rolling Stone interview that he's recording an album with buddies/former collaborators M. Ward and Conor Oberst.
In case the Superman allusion's not working for you, let's try a simile. These three are like the Neapolitan ice cream
of music—the dark and moody chocolate (Oberst), the soothing and familiar vanilla (Ward), and that slightly zany (some might say highly suspicious?) strawberry (James).
All clunky literary devices aside, this is fantastic news for fans of the "Monsters of Folk," as the trio dubbed themselves when it toured together in 2004
. Although so far details are scarce on the upcoming album, in February, the proprietor of a blog called The Dark Stuff
ran into Bright Eyes producer Mike Mogis—at an Omaha caucus, natch—who told him that "he would soon be working on an album from Conor Oberst, M. Ward, and Jim James together."
Not that any of the three of them have been wanting for work in the meantime: Ward produced and played guitar as the "Him" of She & Him, James and My Morning Jacket are spreading their Evil Urges across the globe, and Oberst is preparing to release his first proper solo album on Aug. 5. For a taste of the Neapolitan sundae, visit the excellent blog I Am Fuel, You Are Friends to listen to and/or download a bootleg from the Minneapolis show on the aforementioned "Monsters of Folk" tour, or peep this video of Ward, James, and Oberst performing the Bright Eyes song "Landlocked Blues" at a Barack Obama rally in Omaha earlier this year: