Here’s the first taste of Bright Eyes‘ upcoming album The People’s Key, out February 15th. I was a big fan of Bright Eyes’ I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning, but since then the whole folksy/country/Americana sound has gotten a little tired. With “Shell Games” Conor and company hint at an album that is more full, more edgy, and more rock. Bright Eyes has shown clear signs of maturing from the early days of borderline emo, but in that maturity, some of the flare has been lost. This song, and the accompanying cover, bring some of that flare back. For the first time in a few years, I’m really excited for a Bright Eyes album. Credit to 24Bit and CoS.

You can download “Shell Games” HERE

Hit the jump for a tracklisting and tour dates…

The People’s Key Tracklist:
01. Firewall
02. Shell Games
03. Jejune Stars
04. Approximate Sunlight
05. Haile Selassie
06. A Machine Spiritual (In The People’s Key)
07. Triple Spiral
08. Beginner’s Mind
09. Ladder Song
10. One For You, One For Me

Bright Eyes 2011 Tour Dates:
03/02 – Miami, FL @ Fillmore Miami Beach At Jackie Gleason Theater
03/03 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
03/04 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
03/05 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolf Auditorium
03/06 – Richmond, VA @ The National
03/08 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall *
03/09 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall *
03/10 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
03/11 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
03/13 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
03/14 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
03/15 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
03/17 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
06/23 – London, UK @ Royal Albert Hall

* = * w/ Superchunk, Wild Flag