Daily Song Study

Bright Eyes – Arc of Time

In songs on August 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm

I’m usually of the opinion that it takes many years of experience to write great lyrics, but there are occasional exceptions. One is Conor Oberst, the proprietor of indie-rock outfit Bright Eyes, who was barely into his twenties when he wrote this.

The tune is rich in both snark and perspective, not to mention rather catchy. The rhythmic yet chaotic drum track helps to drive the delayed keyboard & guitar riffs, a nice combination. There’s a definite Talking Heads influence here, borrowing without stealing, a good approach.


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