OKKERVIL RIVER shares “Famous Tracheotomies”, taken from In The Rainbow Rain, due 27th April on ATO Records + NPR prestream and UK dates

April 22, 2018



New album, In The Rainbow Rain due 27th April on ATO Records
Streaming now on NPR First Listen

London headline show on 10th October at Koko

Okkervil River’s gorgeous new album ‘In The Rainbow Rain’ is out next Friday, April 27th on ATO Records, but fans can stream it early today via NPR First Listen here.

Earlier this week, Okkervil River released album opener “Famous Tracheotomies,” a sweeping epic about the emergency tracheotomy Will Sheff underwent as a child and the tracheotomies of other famous figures including Gary Coleman, Dylan Thomas and Ray Davies. Listen to that song and read an interview with Billboard about the story behind it here:

‘In The Rainbow Rain’ has earned early praise from NPR All Songs Considered, who called the new music “celebratory and uplifting,” and Under the Radar, who called Will Sheff “one of the most interesting songwriters of the last two decades.”

Okkervil River will also return to the UK in October for a headline show at London’s Koko:

Wednesday 10th October – Koko, London (tickets)

In The Rainbow Rain – produced by Sheff and mixed by Shawn Everett (Perfume Genius, Alabama Shakes, The War on Drugs) – serves as showcase for Sheff’s writing and the musical interplay of his new band mates, Benjamin Lazar Davis (bass), Will Graefe (guitar), Sarah Pedinotti (keys) and Cully Symington (percussion) – the same iteration of Okkervil River that joined Sheff on the Away tour. Recalls Sheff of that tour: “It was my favorite touring experience in many years… I felt like a kid again. I realized how phenomenally lucky I am that I’ve been able to play music for this long.”

Sheff and the band started work on the new album shortly after the end of that tour – and the presidential election. “If December 2016 was good for anything, it was good for writing songs,” he says. Galvanized by the seismic events of that Fall and the following year, Sheff, sometimes co-writing with his new band, channeled his outrage and sadness into music intended to be hopeful, healing and uplifting. Inspired by the Quaker meetings he had been attending, Sheff injected the album with undercurrents of spirituality and gratitude. The result is something akin to a modern secular gospel record, and among the best music of his career.

1) Famous Tracheotomies
2) The Dream And The Light
3) Love Somebody
4) Family Song
5) Pulled Up The Ribbon
6) Don’t Move Back To LA
7) Shelter Song
8) How It Is
9) External Actor
10) Human Being Song


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