Album Review: Okkervil River – ‘I Am Very Far’

Album Review: Okkervil River - 'I Am Very Far'


Porous to pop influence and mixing things up with their own strange markings

Will Sheff is a sponge rather than stone and sucks up the contemporary influence of [a]Arcade Fire[/a]’s [a]Tom Petty[/a] impersonation on [b]‘Rider’[/b], but the first album in three years from widescreen Americana romantics [b]Okkervil River[/b] comes into its own when he forces some particularly oblique and unique strategies into practice.

A shining highlight is [b]‘Piratess’[/b], which sounds like Scott Walker fronting [b]‘This Is Hardcore’[/b]-era [a]Pulp[/a], complete with ‘solo’ played on the fast-forward and rewind buttons of a cassette player. Talking of the Walker Brother, his ‘unique’ techniques surely have an influence on the use of a flying filing cabinet crash as percussion on [b]‘White Shadow Waltz’[/b].

John Doran


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