"The goal was to push my brain to places it didn't want to go. The idea was to not have any idea – to keep myself confused about what I was doing," frontman Will Sheff says about Okkervil River's newest album. "I produced it myself so that I could extend the songwriting process all the way through to the very last second of recording, so the songs would never really stop changing." The resulting record, 'I am Very Far,' is a startling break from anything this band has done before. By turns terrifying and joyous, violent and serene, grotesque and romantic, it's a celebration of forces beyond our control.

New video for “Your Past Life as a Blast” on IFC

There’s a brand new video for “Your Past Life as a Blast” from director Isaac Ravishankara available today on IFC’s website. The new flick attempts to answer the question, “How do you capture a memory?” Gorgeously shot in upstate New York, the video follows a boy and a girl on an adventure to a secret lake where they jump into the water and swim out as far as they can.

Ravishankara says the hardest part of the shoot “were all of the water scenes. We spent hours in the lake and it was awfully cold. By the end of the day, Ben and Margaret and I were so cold, our shivers had turned to full-on uncontrollable shaking, which Kevin (Haden, DP) thankfully captured. That last shot in the video is my favorite shot I have in anything I’ve ever made.”

Okkervil River will be on tour through the end of November in Europe. You can see a full list of dates here.

Okkervil River premiere new video for “Your Past Life as a Blast”

Pitchfork has premiered the new video from Okkervil River for their song “Your Past Life as a Blast.” Band leader Will Sheff explains:

“When I was writing the lyrics for I Am Very Far I kept fixating on the idea of being new, specifically memories of being very little and being conscious of the fact that I was a new person, that I hadn’t existed before. I kept thinking about the way the brain works when it’s not trying overly hard to put ideas or thoughts in order, either because it’s new or maybe because it’s dreaming or maybe because it’s been disarranged in some way.
The lyrics to “Your Past Life as a Blast” deal with a lot of different things and in a kind of disarranged way, but it felt to me like it was the sweetest moment on the record, a moment of nostalgia and tenderness and sunnyness. When I was writing the lyrics, certain images flashed in my head, and some of those images were specifically from my childhood, or of the way I remember earliest childhood feeling to me.
Like many kids of the late 70s and early 80s, my dad was often hovering around with a Super 8 camera, filming my mom and me and – as time passed – my younger brother and sister. I remember him projecting these movies on a bare wall and, eventually, the movies becoming as much a part of my memory as the original events he had filmed. I thought it would be cool to use actual footage of those memories in the video itself, to make a really personal kind of rock video.
For the “Your Past Life as a Blast” video, I worked with the editor Alan Del Río Ortíz to turn my dad’s home movies into a short condensed film of someone’s childhood, a little home-movie music video, about moms and dads and kids, and how it felt.”

Okkervil River will also be on tour in October with dates in Australia and Europe, including stops in Perth, Sydney, Glasgow, Manchester, and London as well as a solo performance by Will at The Toff In Town in Melbourne. The band will also be making an appearance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on the Orange Stage. Tour dates are listed here.

Jagjaguwar is Taking Over Le Guess Who? Festival in Holland

We are pleased to announce that a number of our bands will be playing Le Guess Who? Festival this Novemeber 24-27 in Utrchet, Holland. Featured bands from the label will include Pink Mountaintops, The Besnard Lakes and Okkervil River. In addition, bands like Suuns, Nurses and Akron/Family, from our sister labels, Dead Oceans and Secretly Canadian, will also be playing the festival.

Will Sheff on Pitchfork’s 5-10-15-20

Okkervil River’s Will Sheff has a pair of interviews running right now – great Friday afternoon reading material! First you can catch up with his 5-10-15-20 interview on Pitchfork, where he talks about the music he listened to growing up and which comes with a soundtrack of Van Morrison, Everything but the Girl, Sinead O’Connor and other excellent tunage. Then flip the script & watch him dissect his own tune, “Black,” with Casey Jarman of Willamette Week in their Deep Cuts column.

Your Past Life As A Blast by Okkervil River

Your Past Life As A Blast by Okkervil River

Wake and Be Fine by Okkervil River

Lost Coastlines by Okkervil River

Wake and Be Fine by Okkervil River
It Ends With a Fall by Okkervil River
For Real by Okkervil River
Black by Okkervil River
No Key, No Plan by Okkervil River
The President's Dead by Okkervil River
Our Life is Not a Movie or Maybe by Okkervil River
Lost Coastlines by Okkervil River
Pop Lie by Okkervil River

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