okkerville river - i am very far (5/5)

In 2002 Okkervil River front man and (brilliant) songwriter, Will Sheff said; “I believe you have to open yourself up to the possibility of making something that’s laughable. I don’t want to make safe art, conservative art, or tidy art – I want to make a mess.” With the release of I Am Very Far it is safe to say that Sheff and co. have made something of a “mess”: a mess of passion, loving, literate songwriting so deeply committed to the art of storytelling. It is perhaps Sheff’s near singular obsession with teetering on the edge of failure that makes him such a brilliant and prolific songwriter.