Okkervil River’s Will Sheff announces debut solo album Nothing Special

Will Sheff by Bret Curry

Will Sheff by Bret Curry

It’ll be released by Will Sheff on October 7th.

Okkervil River‘s Will Sheff has announced the details of his debut solo album Nothing Special.

“When I was just a kid, I got caught up in the dream of being a rock and roll star,” he says, alluding to the album’s title.

“Like so many other young people, I fell in love with the idea of being called to this glorious path outside of ordinary life. And I ended up in a band with people who felt this same call – especially our brilliant drummer Travis Nelsen, who was like a brother to me.

“We would trade tales of hilarious antics and outrageous excess and tragic death like they were almost scripture. Travis and I fell out painfully, and he died in the early weeks of lockdown.”

“I think a big part of Nothing Special centres around grieving for him, grieving for everything my friends have lost, grieving for the rock and rock and roll myth, and trying to open my eyes to a more transcendent reality.”

The video for lead single Estrangement Zone – ‘a kind of magical spell the crew and I were trying to cast’, according to Sheff – was directed by Johnny North.

Nothing Special tracklist:

The Spiral Season
In The Thick Of It
Estrangement Zone
Nothing Special
Holy Man
Like The Last Time
Marathon Girl

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