I Am Very Far

I Am Very Far

by Okkervil RiverOkkervil River


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Fresh from backing the legendary Roky Erickson on 2010's triumphant True Love Cast Out All Evil, Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff decided to head home to his native New Hampshire to carve out the meat of the group's sixth long-player. The resulting I Am Very Far, which was produced by Sheff, feels both transitory and triumphant, successfully integrating the Austin, Texas-based collective's penchant for lovelorn, indie Americana with the wild abandon of 21st century pop music's increasingly blurry genre borders. Elements of Wilco, the Flaming Lips, Springsteen, Talking Heads, Arcade Fire, and even the Fixx burn through I Am Very Far, down lightning rods affixed to the myriad studios procured by Sheff and crew throughout the record's intentionally sporadic recording schedule. Production styles vary from track to track, which in lesser songwriting hands, could spell disaster, but Sheff's a gifted lyricist and his melodies have always been sneakier than they appear upon first listen, which makes the transition from a cut like "The Valley," with its motor-mouthed, electro-apocalyptic pulse, into the late-night, Bowie-esque soul jam "Piratess" feel surprisingly natural. Elsewhere, stand-out cuts, such as the soaring "Rider," the lovely and languid "Hanging from a Hit," the ramshackle "Your Life as a Blast," and the rousing first single "Wake and Be Fine" stand up to anything on 2007's near-classic Stage Names, and while they may not share that record's remarkable sense of place, they each confidently occupy a space of their own making.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2011
Label: Jagjaguwar
UPC: 0656605218526
catalogNumber: 52185
Rank: 160335


  1. The Valley
  2. Piratess
  3. Rider
  4. Lay of the Last Survivor
  5. White Shadow Waltz
  6. We Need a Myth
  7. Hanging From a Hit
  8. Show Yourself
  9. Your Past Life Is a Blast
  10. Wake and Be Fine
  11. The Rise

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Okkervil River   Primary Artist
Joy Askew   Vocals
Brian Cassidy   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Paul Klemperer   Clarinet,Saxophone
Phil Palazzolo   Piano,Accordion,Electric Guitar
Jeff Johnston   Acoustic Guitar
Stephen Belans   Drums
Will Sheff   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Drums,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals,Sampling,Wurlitzer
Jonathan Meiburg   Vocals,Angklung
Willy Braun   Cello
Audrey Easley   Flute
Zachary Thomas   Bass
Raúl Vallejo   Trombone
Will Landin   Tuba
Sharon Lacey   Oboe
Mike Booher   Vocals
Beth Wawerna   Vocals
Nicole Atkins   Vocals
Scott Brackett   Piano,Cornet,Vibes,Sounds
Patrick Pestorius   Bass,Vocals
Cully Symington   Percussion,Drums
Ben Kalb   Cello
Justin Sherburn   Piano,Accordion,Electric Guitar,Electric Piano,ARP,farfisa organ,Pump Organ,fender rhodes
Ben Lance   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ephraim Owens   Trumpet
Lauren Gurgiolo   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Alexis Buffum   Violin
Sara Scurry   Bassoon
Justin Kurys   Viola
Jeanene Ioppolo Johnson   Clarinet

Technical Credits

Brian Beattie   Producer,Engineer
Brian Cassidy   String Arrangements
Ray Ketchem   Engineer
Sean Lennon   Engineer
Phil Palazzolo   Producer,Engineer,Whistle
John Congleton   Producer,Engineer
Will Sheff   Composer,Producer,Layout
William Schaff   Paper Cut Design
Daniel Murphy   Layout
Joey Benjamin   Engineer
Justin Sherburn   Horn Arrangements

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