Okkervil River has already gone triumphant indie rock with “”Down Down The Deep River, dabbled in purposeful, piano-driven melodies on “”It Was My Season and delivered pensive instrumentation in “Lido Pier Suicide Car.” Now, they’ve unveiled “Stay Young,” another track from their forthcoming album, The Silver Gymnasium, their first since 2011’s I Am Very Far.
The latest glimpse into their fall record is an ‘80s-tinged pop affair, starting out with some synth-filled measures before Will Sheff’s voice chimes in, pleading like a John Hughes movie to “stay young.”
Like the singles before it, “Stay Young” stays wrapped in a blanket of nostalgia, running wildly with the theme of the album—an homage to Sheff’s childhood home of Meriden, N.H. The track is brimming with rebellious undertones, boasting a pumping chorus that flirts with the idea of erupting into an arena anthem, but it never does. It plugs along more deliberately than the band’s previous releases, but it still retains some of that upbeat synth and brass backup featured on Gymnasium’s other cuts.
The Silver Gymnasium will be out via ATO Records on Sept. 3. Get nostalgic with Okkervil River’s “Stay Young” below. (via Esquire)