I Am Very Far
a startling break from anything the texan quintet has done before : their 6th album is one that plays not only as a lush, seamless epic but also as the most deeply personal effort of their career to date. the band’s will sheff emerges as a songwriter of the highest calibre & also as a producer & arranger of singular vision. ‘i am very far’ is monolithic & darkly ambiguous & was recorded in a series of short, high-intensity sessions, each in a different location, each employing completely different methods than the one before it. for songs like ‘rider’ & ‘wake & be fine’, sheff gathered together a massive version of okkervil river – 2 drummers, 2 pianists, 2 bassists & 7 guitarists, all playing live in one room – & led them on a week of live-in-the-studio marathon sessions, performing a single song obsessively over & over for as many as 12 hours to capture just the right take! for fans of the decemberists or arcade fire. “essential” – boston globe.