Last week, Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff hinted at a mental breakdown of sorts through a vague post on his website titled “Shock Corridor”. As it turns out, though, it was the first taste of his new solo endeavor, Lovestreams.
Under the new visage, Sheff opts out of Okkervil River’s indie folk rock in favor of more electro-pop inclined sounds. In a subsequent website post about the new project, Sheff explains why (via Pitchfork):
In the early part of last year I started renting a room down in a basement a couple neighborhoods over from my apartment in Brooklyn and I started going in and working every day of the week there, just shutting the door and writing until evening. I decided to do a project there Id wanted to do for years and years, which is to make an album by myself and for myself, an album that doesnt owe anything to music I made before. When I finished the album I decided Id give some the songs away for free since it cost almost nothing to make.”
Stay tuned for more of Lovestreams, and stream “Shock Corridor” below.