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

Plus, Will Sheff & co. will support the record with a months-long tour through the US and Europe

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    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.”

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    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.

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    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)

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    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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