“Rider” by Okkervil River // from the album “I Am Very Far”
How about a good old stomper to start off your weekend, courtesy of the new Okkervil River album, “I Am Very Far”. I’m very much into it following the first listen and look forward to logging some more hours with it this weekend as it’s got some adventurous tracks that better deserve my attention. In the meantime, here’s a track that’s a bit louder and ragged and just pretty much rocks, for lack of a better word. Really good stuff.
Listening to PJ Harvey’s “Let England Shake” was a shock. For a number of reasons. But none more than the fact that it sounds like a completely new artist. It’s a total departure from her previous work, but at the same time, it’s her most accessible work in a long time (I’m looking at you “Stories from the City”). Accessibility is not always the best answer, but in this case the experimentation has created an album of unique perspective and sound. It generally seems to be a work obsessed with war, but at the same time instead of her usual dark brooding delivery, you’re given this dreamy ethereal music and a voice that sounds almost unrecognizable in comparison to early work. It sounds like an album that could have came from a number of genres and decades, but it is in fact a product of the times.
This track in particular sounds almost like what I imagine a Cocteau Twins outtake that was produced by Norman Cook might sound.