Published Jan 15, 2013Will Sheff has been mixing folk and alt-country influences into his indie rock crew Okkervil River for years, but the songwriter will be branching off into different sonic territory with his newly announced solo project, Lovestreams.
Sheff delivered news of the project via a message on his website, explaining that he began Lovestreams early in 2012 and soon after started recording material in a home-studio set-up. Apparently, the tunes veer from the general M.O. of his long-running Okkervil River.
The statement reads:
In the early part of last year I started renting a room down in a basement a couple neighborhoods over from my apartment in Brooklyn and I started going in and working every day of the week there, just shutting the door and writing until evening. I decided to do a project there I'd wanted to do for years and years, which is to make an album by myself and for myself, an album that doesn't owe anything to music I made before. When I finished the album I decided I'd give some the songs away for free since it cost almost nothing to make.
A man of his word, Sheff has offered up his first freebie in the form of new tune "Shock Corridor." It's a light and blippy electro-pop tune that showcases twinkling synth work and processed beats, as well as Sheff's familiar mumbly croon.
You can stream or download the song down below.
Thanks to Pitchfork for the tip.