Track of the Day: 'Wake and Be Fine'

Past TracksThe jaunty folk rock of Okkervil River has always flirted with melodramatic emotion. Yet even as lead singer Will Sheff toys with angst, his emotions come with a literary wink. The Austin band's smart songs delve into grossly uncomfortable sides of love, friendship, and nostalgia with darkly Victorian elegance, like the Decemberists but with fewer pirates and smoother (though just as distinctive) vocals. And who, after all, doesn't need a little polished heartbreak? These wryly sensitive lyrics sync with upbeat, full instrumentals, and the addictive melodies have helped turn the band into understated indie darlings over the last few years.

Okkervil River's new single "Wake and Be Fine" continues the tradition of emotively ironic jams--its sixth album, I Am Very Far, comes out on May 10th and most tracks deliver the same charm one has come to expect. "Wake and Be Fine" as well as the strong "Lay of the Last Survivor" reinforce the band's lasting power on what seems, based on initial listens, like another winner of an album. The real magic of Okkervil River? Despite so much anxiety filling the lyrics, the band members hardly ever sound like they're whining; Okkervil River somehow manages to offer its laments from a position of vulnerably magnetic strength.


On iTunes: Okkervil River / "Wake and Be Fine"

new track button.png
Presented by

John Hendel is a writer based in Washington, DC, and a former producer at The Atlantic.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well. Bestselling author Mark Bittman teaches James Hamblin the recipe that everyone is Googling.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well.

Video

Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.

Video

The Health Benefits of Going Outside

People spend too much time indoors. One solution: ecotherapy.

Video

Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.

Video

Yes, Quidditch Is Real

How J.K. Rowling's magical sport spread from Hogwarts to college campuses

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

More in Entertainment

Just In