OKKERVIL RIVER  |  Down the River of Golden Dreams

CD | LP

    Tracks

  1. Down the River of Golden Dreams
  2. It Ends With a Fall
  3. For the Enemy
  4. Blanket and Crib
  5. The War Criminal Rises and Speaks
  6. The Velocity of Saul at the Time of his Conversion
  7. Dead Faces
  8. Main Island Lovers
  9. Song about a Star
  10. Yellow
  11. Seas Too Far to Reach
Artist Website
Facebook
Twitter
Wikipedia
Press Alcove
Instagram

Okkervil River's Down the River of Golden Dreams takes the band's hallmarks - lush, eclectic orchestration that evokes chamber pop and soul, lapel-gripping emotional urgency, and the lyrical, direct songwriting of frontman Will Sheff - and expands and elevates them in service of a stunningly ambitious set of new songs.

If last year's Don't Fall in Love with Everyone You See was the middle of the darkest night of the year, Down the River of Golden Dreams is the earliest light of a morning that could either bring the first breeze of spring or a battalion of tornadoes. On it the band stretches their wings, they shake off the fear and trepidation of the last record and try to look life in the face, emboldened by distorted blasts of Wurlitzer, guttural stabs of Hammond organ, urbane strings, and jaunty horns that could be the work of a shitfaced Canadian Brass. Down the River of Golden Dreams combines with Okkervil's trademark melancholy a sense of drama and play at which the last album only hinted. It oozes the band's signature string-destroying folk-rock attack and umbilical chamber-pop swoon, but it also echoes the venomous cabaret of Jacques Brel, the off-kilter swagger of the Faces and Bob Dylan's Blonde On Blonde, and the dusky balladry of Nick Cave. In addition, it displays a new confidence in frontman Will Sheff, whose concise, literary lyrics and emotionally direct delivery are rapidly distinguishing him as one of rock music's best new songwriters.

Will Sheff, Zachary Thomas, and Seth Warren first met in the tiny town of Meriden, New Hampshire, (population 500), then relocated a few years later to Austin, Texas to dedicate themselves to playing music. They called the group they formed Okkervil River, after a short story by the Russian writer Tatyana Tolstaya. Keyboardist Jonathan Meiburg (also of Shearwater) joined the band during the sessions for their second full-length, Don't Fall In Love With Everyone You See, a record which subsequently won the group a rabid fanbase (critical raves from the likes of Rolling Stone, MOJO, Alternative Press, and No Depression variously compared the band to Neutral Milk Hotel, Wilco, Bright Eyes, Tindersticks and Will Oldham). This, their third full-length album, was recorded in San Francisco, California, in early 2003 - at John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone studio - with engineer Scott Solter (The Mountain Goats, John Vanderslice, the Court and Spark, Tarentel) at the board.

(JAG054 released: 09/02/03)

How Can You Really by Foxygen
Cosmic Vibrations by Foxygen
Forever Dilating Eye by Sinoia Caves
Thousand Eyes by Lia Ices
Taking Chances by Sharon Van Etten
Every Time the Sun Comes Up by Sharon Van Etten
Lines of Latitude by Small Black
North Hollywood Microwaves by Pink Mountaintops
Fire-scene by S. Carey
Crown the Pines by S. Carey

Coulda Been My Love by Foxygen

Thousand Eyes by Lia Ices

Tiderays by Volcano Choir

Forever Dilating Eye by Sinoia Caves

Foxygen
Orange County, CA - Beach Goth Festival @ The Observatory

Lia Ices
Hudson, NY - The Half Moon

Moonface
Lisbon, PT - Jameson Urban Routes Festival

Sharon Van Etten
Baltimore, MD - Ottobar  w/ Tiny Ruins

The Cave Singers
St. Petersburg, FL - The State Theatre  w/ The Devil Makes Three

See all upcoming shows

© 2014 Jagjaguwar. All rights reserved.