Wednesday, 14 May 2008

A Trivial Pursuit?

Not that they're not well-known enough, but Okkervil River will often float under the radar initially. First listens elicit only a general feeling of pleasant indie tunes, rooted in gentle acoustics and Americana vocals. Keep listening, though, and each song has the most intricate, layered feel that you could wish to hear. Their songs have a subtle beauty, with unobtrusive yet effective instrumentation that adds to their charming calm. That's one facet, then you'll also stray across the more upbeat, rocking Americana. The best example would be to stick 'Savannah Smiles' on next to 'Unless It Kicks', then pick out the similarities despite the variation in pace. Then see them live.....that's fun too.

So, although I caught these guys at the Carling in Liverpool late last year, I'm very much enthused at the chance to see them again this Saturday on the ATP bill.

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Okkervil River - Savannah Smiles / Unless It Kicks

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