|All photos by Agatha Donkar Land|
Better Oblivion Community Center – the joint project of Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers – released its debut self-titled record to a lot of fanfare back in January, and for me, that fanfare has held up. The combined songwriting of Oberst and Bridgers, who are each by themselves an extraordinary lyrical talent, is hugely evocative, and the blend of their voices emphasizes Bridgers’ delicately strong vocals and Oberst’s ear for melodic rhythm. The band played a fantastic set at Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC on April 4, to a sold out crowd who knew every word and sang along with them. If you haven’t checked the album out yet, you should; if you listened once, listen again. And if, like me, you’ve listened more than once, you might have been in the crowd last Thursday, and I hope you enjoyed the set as much as I did.