Fans who worried that Okkervil River had been killed off with their last record can relax — the band will return with a new album titled In the Rainbow Rain. It's due out April 27 via ATO Records.
The record follows up 2016's Away, which spawned the single "Okkervil River R.I.P." and debuted a slightly altered band lineup. This time around, frontman Will Sheff was joined in the studio by his most recent touring lineup, comprising Benjamin Lazar Davis (bass), Will Graefe (guitar), Sarah Pedinotti (keys) and Cully Symington (percussion).
Despite being written in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 U.S. election, the resulting album hears Sheff and co. sharing a deliberately optimistic message.
"I wanted to make a record where a sense of kindness felt encoded into the music," he said in a statement.
Sheff also revealed that it was heavily influenced by Quaker meetings he'd attended, incorporating ideas of gratitude and spirituality.
In addition to the full tracklisting and a fresh run of North American tour dates, which can both be seen below, Sheff has unveiled the first single from the forthcoming LP.
Stream "Don't Move Back to L.A." at the bottom of the page.
In the Rainbow Rain:
1. Famous Tracheotomies
2. The Dream And The Light
3. Love Somebody
4. Family Song
5. Pulled Up The Ribbon
6. Don't Move Back To LA
7. Shelter Song
8. How It Is
9. External Actor
10. Human Being Song
04/27 Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade NYC (Album Release Show)
05/20 Washington, DC - The Black Cat
05/21 Carboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
05/22 Atlanta, GA - Aisle 5
05/24 Dallas, TX - The Kessler Theater
05/25 Houston, TX - The Heights Theater
05/29 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
05/31 Los Angeles, CA - Teregram Ballroom
06/01 Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
06/02 San Francisco, CA - Bimbo's 365 Club
06/04 Seattle, WA - Neumos
06/05 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
06/07 Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
06/08 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
06/09 Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
06/11 St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
06/12 Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
06/13 Detroit, MI - El Club
06/14 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
06/15 Woodstock, NY - Colony
06/16 Boston, MA - Royale