Download the Gentleman's Pact EP
This is not unlike Mr. Oberst's Four Winds EP released prior to his last album, though it opens on that signature junky warble before a hyper-produced backup band kills any hope that we're going anywhere new here. The second track opens much “jammier,” if not on a downright psychedelic note before quickly pulling in any seemingly unbridled tendencies and marching obediently on through the three other tracks of mature adult-contemporary folk rock. If you weren't sure that his last LP Cassadaga really marked a resolute turn away from the lo-fi meanderings of Oberst's work as a younger man, then maybe Gentleman's Pact will help nail the coffin for you.
With Bright Eyes back-burnered, Oberst's gotten busy proving himself to a wider audience of old people– those folks with less of a tolerance for kids singing too close to the mic with their amps jacked up, and less of a patience for those same kids whining about their shitty lives. You might miss the old Con
nor, but your parents can finally stand him.
Here's the second track on the EP:
nor Oberst, “Synesthete Song”