Okkervil River’s Will Sheff has always excelled at crafting meticulous stories filled with characters that his listeners can attach themselves to. Sheff’s literary explorations create a rich experience for the listeners, it’s easy to get caught up in his vibrant lyricism.
On Okkervil River’s forthcoming album The Silver Gymnasium, Sheff delves into a story that’s all too familiar for the accomplished songwriter: his own. Okkervil River already released the album’s first single “It Was My Season” along with an instrumental track “Lido Pier Suicide Car,” and now NPR is sharing a lush six-and-a-half minute “Down Down The Deep River” that ignites a hazy fog of nostalgia.
The Silver Gymnasium will tell the tale of Meriden, New Hampshire, the town in which Sheff spent his youth. “Down a hall in your house, down a road in December” sings Sheff on “Down Down The Deep River,” it’s a track that displays a snippet of the vivid story telling on display in The Silver Gymnasium.
“Down Down The Deep River” treads upon both new and unfamiliar territory for Okkervil River. The track begins with a shimmering synth line and chugs along with a purposeful sense of movement, but gradually unfurls into a sprawling track filled with triumphant horns and lyrical snapshots of Sheff’s small-town childhood.
The Silver Gymnasium is set for a Sept. 3 release on ATO.