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Okkervil River Unveil New Tracks New Blood And Skiptracer

Friday, 07 September 2018 Written by Laura Johnson

Okkervil River have shared two new tracks.

New Blood and Skiptracer, both indie-rock triumphs, were written and recorded during the sessions for their latest album, 'In The Rainbow Rain', which came out in April. Speaking about the former, bandleader Will Sheff said:

“As we worked on the song, I began to envisage it as a duet – a sort of darker “Islands in the Stream”! Our keyboardist Sarah K. Pedinotti from Lip Talk is an incredible singer and we’ve been doing a lot of singing together onstage recently, and she and I got together and laid down the vocals near the very end of the recording process."

Discussing the latter, he continued:

“[Skiptracer] is a kind of a cloudy and mysterious song that just more or less came out of my subconscious – it wasn’t really filtered, but it was edited - as the original demo of the song, when I was writing it, was around twenty minutes long. This version was done in a couple of takes with little embellishment, and what you hear is what we played. The song starts with Benjamin Lazar Davis’s CR-78 vintage drum machine and then he comes in on electric bass, playing an interlocking part with Sam Evian on Moog bass. Sarah plays piano whilst I play acoustic guitar and sing a live vocal. Cully plays drums against the machine. I sent it to Rob Moose and he added strings, and Saundra Williams lent her amazing vocals to the song along with Leslie Gardner and Simone Appleby, both of whom also sing on New Blood.”

The songs arrive ahead of the band's UK and Ireland tour, which follows a run of shows in Europe. 

Okkervil River Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Wed October 03 2018 - BIRMINGHAM Glee Club
Thu October 04 2018 - BRISTOL Thekla
Fri October 05 2018 - LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
Sat October 06 2018 - GLASGOW Stereo
Sun October 07 2018 - MANCHESTER Gorilla
Tue October 09 2018 - BRIGHTON Haunt
Wed October 10 2018 - LONDON KOKO
Fri October 12 2018 - GALWAY Roisin Dubh
Sat October 13 2018 - DUBLIN Grand Social

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