‘White Shadow Waltz’ by Okkervil River

I Am Very Far by Okkervil River

Okkervil River

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Their sixth album so far and three since their last, Okkervil River is back at it again with their newest album I Am Very Far, and the magic is still there. The album came out back in May, and I honestly had forgotten about it, as I seem to keep doing with their albums. But per usual, I end up rediscovering their albums and falling in love all over again. I Am Very Far is better than the Stand Ins, I think, more noisy and more out there. It’s a fun record that defies some of the high polish that the other records really had.

To give an example, I’ve decided to share my favorite track off the album, called White Shadow Waltz. It’s a really odd song, as the music sounds like it’s recorded all over the place. The vocals and parts of the drums sound slightly shitty, purposefully though, while the guitar and strings sound clean and impeccable. It’s a beautiful juxtaposition that really grabs your attention, as does the growing tempo of the song, which has a feeling of anxiousness. Now that I think about it, it kind of sounds like something Arcade Fire would do, and I mean that with as the greatest of compliments. It’s rich and complex and utterly listenable.

I think Will Sheff is a genius, he actually produced this album himself for a change, and I think it’s exactly what his music needed. If you’re not familiar with the band, the album, or this song, it’s worth your time to educate yourself.


July 25, 2011