First Listen: Mermaid by Okkervil River

Releasing a pair of B-sides as the first singles from a new album is a pretty unorthodox move. But then, it does give weight to the idea that if songs as superb as Mermaid could be left off the forthcoming album, I Am Very Far, then this will be one superb LP, set for release in May.

This track definitely draws upon vocalist Will Sheff’s unrivalled ability to convey emotion in his voice, as his unique and powerful voice carries the song, ably supported by stirring drums and crashing keys. The 12″ single can be purchased here.

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