Bright Eyes have announced a second wave of Companion releases. Launched earlier this year, the project sees the band rereleasing their entire catalog, with each reissue accompanied by new recordings. Lifted or the Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground: A Companion, I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning: A Companion, and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn: A Companion will be released on November 11 via Dead Oceans. Below, listen to re-recorded versions of ‘You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will’ (from Lifted), ‘Old Soul Song (For the New World Order)’ (from Wide Awake), and ‘Gold Mine Gutted’ (from Digital Ash).
Guests on the upcoming Companion EPs include Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Becky Stark, and Maria Taylor. Also featured are covers of ‘November by Azure Ray, ‘Fare Thee Well, Miss Carousel’ by Townes Van Zandt, and The Faint’s ‘Agenda Suicide’. Bright Eyes’ most recent album was 2020’s Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was.