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Okkervil River announce new album, Away, share “Okkervil River R.I.P.” — listen

on May 18, 2016, 2:30pm

Photo by Philip Cosores

On September 9th, Okkervil River will release their first album in three years. Titled Away, it marks the band’s seventh overall following 2013’s excellent Silver Gymnasium.

The LP, due out through ATO, features a handful of special guests, including Marissa Nadler, Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater, and yMusic, the New York-based classic music ensemble that’s worked with the likes of St. Vincent and Sufjan Stevens. Recorded at a studio on Long Island, its nine tracks makes use of the same exact Neve 8068 console that appears on John Lennon’s Double Fantasy and Aja by Steely Dan.

(Read: Life is Ugly: Okkervil River’s Will Sheff on the 10th Anniversary of Black Sheep Boy)

Away was written in a turbulent and transitional time for Will Sheff,” a press release notes. “Its swirling, psychedelic backdrop and band of avant-garde musicians represent a sharp change and a bright future for Okkervil River. It’s an epic, introspective masterpiece that proves it sometimes pays off to burn down the farm and start anew.”

In a statement (via Pitchfork), Sheff detailed how the LP came together:

“2013-2015 had been a strange time for me. I lost some connections in a music industry that was visibly falling apart. Some members of the backing band left, moving on to family life or to their own projects. I spent a good deal of time in hospice sitting with my grandfather, who was my idol, while he died. I felt like I didn’t know where I belonged. When there was trouble at home, a friend offered me her empty house in the Catskills where I could go and clear my head. New songs were coming fast up there, so I set myself the challenge of trying to write enough to make a whole record. I didn’t really think about what the record was going to be or if I’d even release it—the idea was just to write quickly and directly. Eventually, I realized I was kind of writing a death story for a part of my life that had, buried inside of it, a path I could follow that might let me go somewhere new.”

Our first look at Away comes courtesy of opening track “Okkervil River R.I.P.”, an intimate number that gently unfurls over the course of nearly seven minutes. Stream it below.

Away Artwork:


Away Tracklist:
01. Okkervil River R.I.P.
02. Call Yourself Renee
03. The Industry
04. Comes Indiana Through The Smoke
05. Judey On A Street
06. She Would Look For Me
07. Mary On A Wave
08. Frontman In Heaven
09. Days Spent Floating (In The Halfbetween)

Also, check out Okkervil River’s upcoming tour dates which span until mid-November.

Okkervil River 2016 Tour Dates:
06/30 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s BBQ
07/01 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
07/02 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
07/03 – San Antonio, TX @ Aztec Theater in San Antonio
07/14 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
07/15 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace
07/16 – Hudson, NY @ Club Helsinki
07/17 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
07/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ National Sawdust
09/14 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
09/15 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
09/16 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
09/19 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
09/20 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
09/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
09/23 – Memphis, TN @ 1884 Lounge
09/24 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
09/30 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
10/01 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
10/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
10/05 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
10/07 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
10/08 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
10/10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10/11 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
10/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
10/14 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
10/15 – Ferndale, MI @ The Magic Bag
10/16 – Millwave, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
10/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
10/30 – Oslo, NO @ Parkteatret
10/31 – Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik
11/02 – Stockholm, SE @ Debaser STrand
11/03 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
11/04 – Weissenhauser Strand, DE @ Rolling Stone Weekender
11/07 – Paris, FR @ Petit Bain
11/08 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique Rotonde
11/10 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
11/11 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
11/12 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
11/13 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo

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