Okkervil River perform in The Current studio

Okkervil River perform in The Current studio
Will Sheff of Okkervil River tries out the piano in The Current studio (Jules Ameel for MPR)
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  • Okkervil River - The Dream And The Light (Live on The Current) 06:08
  • Okkervil River - Love Somebody (Live on The Current) 04:01
  • Okkervil River - Shelter Song (Live on The Current) 05:19

Okkervil River's Will Sheff acknowledges the band's latest album, In The Rainbow Rain, is a political record sparked by the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. "I felt like I was thinking in terms of music like Curtis Mayfield or Stevie Wonder where it's not angry, vitriolic political music; it's very much like, 'We're gonna together push through this' political music," Sheff explains. "That was a direction that was in the music already, and I just felt I needed to bring it forth more thematically and lyrically. … I got off tour and I immediately went into seclusion and wrote and wrote and wrote and then we recorded very quickly."

In town for a show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Okkervil River — comprising Sheff alogn with Cully Symington (percussion), Will Graefe (guitar), Sarah Pedinotti (keys) and Benjamin Lazar Davis (bass) — stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mary Lucia.

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Songs Performed


"The Dream And The Light"
"Love Somebody"
"Shelter Song"
All songs from Okkervil River's 2018 album, In The Rainbow Rain, available on ATO Records.

Hosted by Mary Lucia
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by John Miller
Visuals by Jules Ameel
Web feature by Luke Taylor

External Link

Okkervil River - official site

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  • Okkervil River perform in The Current studio
    Okkervil River perform in The Current studio (Jules Ameel for MPR)
  • Okkervil River perform in The Current studio
    Will Sheff of Okkervil River performing in The Current studio (Jules Ameel for MPR)
  • Okkervil River perform in The Current studio
    Guitarist Will Graefe of Okkervil River performs in The Current studio (Jules Ameel for MPR)
  • Okkervil River perform in The Current studio
    Will Graefe of Okkervil River in The Current studio (Jules Ameel for MPR)
  • Okkervil River perform in The Current studio
    Sarah Pedinotti of Okkervil River performs in The Current studio (Jules Ameel for MPR)
  • Okkervil River perform in The Current studio
    Will Graefe of Okkervil River performs in The Current studio (Jules Ameel for MPR)
  • Okkervil River perform in The Current studio
    Will Sheff of Okkervil River performs in The Current studio (Jules Ameel for MPR)
  • Okkervil River perform in The Current studio
    Benjamin Lazar Davis of Okkervil River performs in The Current studio (Jules Ameel for MPR)