Better Oblivion Community Center - Dylan Thomas

Song of the Day
Hosted by Cheryl Waters
Today's song, featured on The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is "Dylan Thomas" by Better Oblivion Community Center, from the 2019 album Better Oblivion Community Center on Dead Oceans.
WRITTEN BY JASMINE ALBERTSON
PHOTO BY Nik Freitas

Last month, Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers surprised us all by dropping a collaborative album under the name Better Oblivion Community Center. The self-titled record showcases the two artists' skillful songwriting, which is well known in both their previous solo work and group/band efforts as Bright Eyes (Oberst) and boygenius (Bridgers).

Our Song of the Day, “Dylan Thomas,” best displays this as the duo made an effort to not write anything “too tender or folky” and went in quite the opposite direction by integrating clever rhyme schemes about the Bates Motel, conspiracy theories surrounding Donald Trump, and the alcoholic poet whose name it comes from.

“It’s kind of got a ‘doo, doo, do doo doo doo’ melody going on, but the lyrics are like heinous,” Bridgers has previously said about the song. “Dylan Thomas” features Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner on solos while Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner directed the song's video.

Catch Better Oblivion Community Center at Neumos on Sunday, March 17. Watch the "Dylan Thomas" video below.

 

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