Away is the eighth studio album by American rock band Okkervil River, released on September 9, 2016. This album is the band's second release on ATO Records, following their previous studio album The Silver Gymnasium. The album features a number of guest artists, including Marissa Nadler, former band member and current Shearwater frontman Jonathan Meiburg, and classical music ensemble yMusic. The album was recorded in New York and mixed by Jonathan Wilson.
Okkervil River is an indie/folk rock band from Austin, Texas USA. Formed in 1998, the band takes its name from a short story by Russian author Tatyana Tolstaya. The band currently consists of Will Sheff (vocals, guitar), Will Graefe (guitar), Sarah K. Pedinotti (keyboards), Benjamin Lazar Davis (bass) and Cully Symington (drums).
Okkervil River returns this fall with a new album. On September 9 the band will release Away, via ATO, and today they've released a new track from it titled "Okkervil River . It's hard not to read a lot into that title, but frontman Will Sheff issued a statment that gives a little more explana. On September 9 the band will release Away, via ATO, and today they’ve released a new track from it titled Okkervil River . It’s hard not to read a lot into that title, but frontman Will Sheff issued a statment that gives a little more explanation behind it and the new album: 2013-2015 had been a strange time for me.
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Away is the first Okkervil River album without Okkervil River on it. Will Sheff’s backing band has been a revolving door for a while now, yet even as new faces came and went, they’d always conducted themselves as a real band, especially on the road, where their live shows remained as feverish as ever. But after a tumultuous few years marked by loss and even more lineup changes than usual, Sheff was left questioning whether he even wanted to continue the group. The frontman approached Away like a solo project, writing it on his own and cherry-picking session players to help him record
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Produced by Will Sheff. opens Away with a blossoming thesis statement that simultaneously serves as a eulogy and resurrection for the project.