See the light

If Conor Oberst suddenly dropped dead, the BRIGHT EYES leader’s place as a legend of our generation would surely be acknowledged.

When faced with the ‘problem’ of deciding who to watch at T in the Park this weekend, Bright Eyes’ slot at the Pet Sounds Arena on Saturday should be on everyone’s ‘must-see’ list. For a man so fiercely independent in both his record label and his principles, Bright Eyes enjoys a heartening amount of mainstream popularity, especially in his native America.

It helps that his songs are remarkably distinctive (and bloody good). Conor’s tremulous vocals ache like he’s on the verge of a breakdown – a good thing, obviously – and his effortlessly diverse range makes the Nebraska resident untouchable among his peers in the genres of folk, alt.country and blues.

Bright Eyes’ prolific output makes it quite intimidating to single out just one tune. It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it – here’s the magical Four Winds.

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