One of my most-anticipated albums of 2007 is Cassadaga, from Conor Oberst's Bright Eyes. To whet our appetites, he's offering one of the songs as a free download on his web site, but until today, I couldn't listen to the WMV file, so thanks to You Ain't No Picasso for posting it.
Oberst is one of those polarizing musicians that people tend to love or hate. Despite his affected voice and tendency for melodrama, I can't resist the guy's songwriting, and he won some more fans with I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning, one of the two albums he released in 2005. On the new track, "Endless Entertainment," he seems to be taking the lessons of that album but going in a more lush, brass-heavy direction. Sounds promising.