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Archive for May, 2011

Okkervil River’s I Am Very Far

Since the release of the Stage Names and the Stand Ins in 2007 and 2008 respectively, Austin, Texas rock band Okkervil River have been busy. For awhile former guitarist Jonathan Meiburg pulled double duty as a member of both Okkervil River and Shearwater. In 2010 the band produced and served as the backing band for Austin psychedelic rock pioneer Roky Erickson on his album True Love Cast Out All Evil. Lead singer Will Sheff was even nominated for a Grammy for his liner notes for the album. He then released, I Am Very Far: the Lyrics, a hard bound lyric book of prose designed as an introduction to the band’s latest release. The release in question is I Am Very Far, an album whose dark, chaotic forays are a departure from the sing-along shout fests of their previous works and in some paradoxical way shines through musically and lyrically. Read the rest of this entry »