Posts Tagged ‘Will Sheff’

The Nest of Hope and Despair: A Chat With Okkervil River

Okkervil River’s densely lyrical, humanist brand of saloon rock attacks with a punk backbone and crescendos into high voltage, often thanks to baroque arrangements. Slowly perfected over seven albums, the stuff is instantly recognizable today as indie rock thanks to big-picture turning points in pop (Win Butler on the Grammys, Justin Vernon backing Kanye West, [...]

Okkervil River’s I Am Very Far, Reviewed

Given all that Will Sheff has busied himself with in recent years—penning tracks for Norah Jones and The New Pornographers; co-writing an album with Roky Erickson—he could have easily taken an understated strategy for his next record with Okkervil River. But while Sheff has become a songwriter-for-hire, he's still capable of big, ambitious work. Okkervil River’s latest release, I Am [...]