Walk Through the Forest With ‘Judey’ and Okkervil River
Three years after The Silver Gymnasium, we are now officially deep into a new Okkervil River LP with Away. In our recent interview with frontman Will Sheff, he offered the following thoughts on the LP and his approach to crossover potential:
This is the record where you’re going to do what you want. And you’re not gonna care about what you should have done. Periodically, when it became clear that this was going to be the next Okkervil record, I’d have moments where I’d go, ‘"Judey on a Street" is a long song. Maybe if it was shorter, you could get airplay … ’ [then I thought] ... ‘You’re going to kill it. If you do that, you’re going to kill these songs. You’re going to take the life out of them.'
"Judey on a Street" is the subject of their latest video, and possibly the best depiction of the band in all of its uncompromising glory. Propelled by a piano loop akin to "Born to Run," the ambitious track is brought to life by warm guitars, percussion, strings, horns, impeccable songwriting and, of course, Sheff's fractured and beautiful voice. Check it out below and get yours via ATO.