Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers finally revealed their new, secretive project.
"Tonight, my guests Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst are here to announce their new band, Better Oblivion Community Center," Stephen Colbert said on "The Late Show," hoisting a vinyl copy of the band's new album.
Bridgers and Oberst played a catchy, strummy rock song called "Dylan Thomas," which name-drops the late poet.
"So sick of being honest/I'll die like Dylan Thomas/a seizure on the barroom floor," the song goes.
"That was fantastic. I loved that," Colbert said when it was finished.
Oberst is an Omaha-based singer-songwriter and member of Bright Eyes. His last three albums have been released with Nonesuch, a division of Warner Bros.
Better Oblivion Community Center has been teased for weeks, but no official information was available until the pair stepped onstage on "The Late Show."
The band's self-titled album was released Wednesday along with their performance.
So why keep it secret?
"I feel like when records are coming out and you hear just one song off of it, a lot of people get lazy and just fill in the blanks.... and form their own misconceptions," Oberst told NME. "It's kinda fun to just have everyone hear all the music at once and get the full album experience."
Oberst and Bridgers said they started by writing one song and then the project snowballed, getting bigger and bigger until they had a whole album.
And that band name?
"I think it has a little mystery to it, which is disappearing from the world," Oberst told NME. "To me, it's kind of like impending doom with the positivity of a community center."
The album was recorded at Oberst's house in Los Angeles, and the pair recruited members of Dawes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and lots more.
Bridgers recorded as-yet-unreleased material in Omaha with Oberst and Mike Mogis last year. They also worked together on her song, "Would You Rather," and his song, "LAX." Bridgers even joined Oberst onstage for a few songs during an Omaha performance.