Friday, May 25, 2007

Okkervil River

"Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe"

Okkervil River are incredibly dramatic, but in a good way. It’s a sort of bookish melodrama, the kind that pans out slowly through novels, page by page. With the combination of Will Sheff singing at the top of his range and the wordless bridge, “Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe” sounds like the band channeling Arcade Fire’s...…(ahem) fire, but is by no means a copy cat. Sheff sings with wild intensity over persistent, muted acoustic strums and deep pounding drums. The band accents the story, adding spooky piano effects upon the mention of a haunting. It’s hard not to mention the lyrics with lines like: “From the speakers your fake masterpiece comes serenely dribbling.” They read like modern poetry, filled with vivid imagery and detail at every turn. So yeah, this song is pretty awesome. And if it’s any indication of what the bands forthcoming album The Stage Names is going to be like, we can expect great things.

Download >>Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe

1 comment:


Okkervil River is deffinitely a band that snuck up on me... I never really remember LOVING the last album... but when I'd put my iPod on shuffle, and a song came on I'd think "man that's my jam!" then look down and see it was O.R.:) I really like the song you posted on here... you know how to choose 'em!

are all the other songs on there like this? if so, I might just stop by amoeba...