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Okkervil River
In The Rainbow Rain

At least he’s having a nice time. Having come off of being my favourite band of all time with three late-career records that stood as Will Sheff’s best work, Okkervil River have now released a gleeful dud. Am I bothered? I’m bothered by the War on Drugs production, the formless lyrical con...view item »

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I Am Very Far

Okkervil River’s sixth album “I am Very Far” begins with rhythmical opener “The Valley”. This is a song which builds with layers upon layers of texture added by extra instruments and increasing gang-like chanting vocals. “Piratess” stalks along like a panther and has an eighties-ness that almost makes yo...view item »

Okkervil River
Away

It’s curious to me that Okkervil River have released two of indie rock’s best records of the last ten years and no one cares. I Am Very Far was a surrealist rock symphony in which Will Sheff threw filing cabinets across the studio in an attempt to make sense of his own knotted lyrical improvisations; its follow-up, ...view item »

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Black Sheep Boy (10th Anniversary Edition)

Before ‘Black Sheep Boy’, Will Sheff was basic as fuck. I loved him for it, but he wasn’t ready: caught between his twin passions of writing about ex-girlfriends and getting existential about the nature of evil, his records were simplified, impassioned and loud. It was only on this, the third and supposedly best of Okk...view item »

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Down The River Of Golden Dreams

New one by Okkervil River on Jagjaguwar. This is tuneful lilting countryish rock in the manner of a mellower Bright Eyes. The first song is an excellent effort though the blurb on the sleeve mentioning Pavement and REM is misleading. Its more like the kind of records Conor Obers...view item »

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Sleep and Wake-Up Songs

‘Sleep and Wake-Up Songs’ is the third EP release from American indie rock band from Austin, Texas, Okkervil River, who formed back in 1998 and take their name from a short story by Russian author Tatyana Tolstaya set on the river in St Petersburg. Released in November 2004, this EP was intended as an interim release in anticipation ...view item »

Okkervil River
The Stand Ins

Okkervil River has the sound of a band that found its identity in roadhouses and small venues across the country. Like the Hold Steady, even their studio albums feel plucked from live performances, with all the rough folkish charms, the genial stomp that would come from rowdy crowds and the plaintive pleas of the faux-humblest of singer-songwrit...view item »

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The Stage Names

Lots of people encountered Okkervil River by their 2005 album Black Sheep Boy, but The Stage Names just evolves and expands the same kind of music. It's a bit less angular, a little more introspective, and a lot catchier -- it hasn't gotten any less poignant, but the melodies are rollicking fun. They embrace the rock and roll here with lots of d...view item »