3. Okkervil River
|Image credit to JP's Blog|
These Texas natives, fronted by Will Sheff, are my favorite new band discovery - and with a back catalogue spanning 11 years, there's no shortage of material to catch up on. If you have not checked these guys out then I strongly advise you get involved now (but of course finish reading this blog first). Their sound is encapsulated in stark indie/folk anthems with intricate instrumentation and truly striking lyrics. I can honestly say that I believe Will Sheff to be one of the finest lyricists in the business, and if you need proof just listen to this beauty here.
Their latest album 'I Am Very Far' is due for release on the 10th of May on Jagaguar records. This their sixth album will be a follow up to 2008's excellent: 'The Stand Ins'. The bands sound has changed dramatically over the past decade becoming far more commercial and accessible, mainly due to the maturity of Sheff's voice. Despite this the band has firmly maintained it's integrity. These changes have led to an ever increasing fan base, and with performances on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and notable collaborations with Roky Erickson there are many promising signs for the future of Okkervil River.
If you fancy a sneak peak of what to expect from the new album listen to the first single 'Mermaid' below.
'And the days all float by and the days over waves,
under sky and the weeks slowly leak into years.
The last islands are all left behind.'