Friday, April 8, 2011

Indie Music MAYhem 2.0 Contestant 2: Okkervil River

No Weekly Whathaveyou this week, as it's already going to be a post-heavy month. It will be somewhat common for us to take a week off from WWHY every now and then. Do you really need 52 of them?
 
Okkervil River


Album: I Am Very Far
Release Date: May 10
About the Band: Chamber pop collective from Austin with a dramatic flare.
Last Record: Their last LP proper was The Stand Ins, released in 2008 up as a supplementary follow-up to 2007's excellent The Stage Names. The former had its moments, but the latter is the one I keep going back to.
Reason for Excitement: Aside from past album success, what we've heard from the new one thus far has been promising. Remember when I posted that video of the band playing it on Fallon a few months ago?
Reason for Concern: Again, I wasn't crazy about their last album. But as I understand it, those were leftovers from the Stage Names sessions, originally intended to comprise a double album. So in some ways, this new LP will be the first fresh helping since 2007.
Early indications: Follow that link above and see for yourself. Outlook is good, in my opinion.
Prediction: Middle of the pack. I imagine I'll enjoy the album, but I'm not so biased in their favor as I am for a few other acts on the list. Although, recalling the Band of Horses debacle from last year, that might be a good thing...

Up next, some brothers (some with different mothers) from the Empire State...

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