Bright Eyes - Four Winds
She’s standing in the ashes at the end of the world
Four winds blowing through her hair
Well I went back by rented Cadillac and company jet
Like a newly orphaned refugee retracing my steps
All the way to Cassadaga to commune with the dead
They said, “You’d better look alive”
i like select songs of his, and respect him a lot as a songwriter and musician, but the four winds ep was the only release by bright eyes that i’ve really enjoyed. not sure what it was; the lyrics are always intriguing and evocative, but i guess it’s mostly just the way his music sounds that i don’t consistently get into. i do appreciate his political tunes though, especially ‘let’s not shit ourselves (to love and be loved),’ which had a powerful impact on me back ten years ago. some guy i worked with at publix whose musical tastes i respected told me i should go out and get agaetis byrjun by sigur ros and oberst’s lifted… album. lifted was hit or miss, i liked the sigur ros one even though it put me to sleep every time.
i first heard four winds shortly after moving to north florida, which probably also helped endear me to it; it’s based in central fl, which is culturally an entirely different metro area in its own right, but both were totally different than my south floridian upbringing and found a sort of musical characterization on this album. the ep featured a balanced mix of uptempo bluegrass-folk and ballads, and he actually sounded like he had fun recording it. this one is some rowdy-ass folk, i tell you what.