On January 9th, Okkervil River
frontman Will Sheff posted a rambling manifesto on his personal website
entitled "Shock Corridor," which most concluded to be another musician's expression of delirium. As it turns out, however, they are the lyrics of the artist's solo project's first song, entitled - you guessed it - "Shock Corridor."
As you'll hear and see in the animated album art (below), Sheff has ditched the earthy tones of folk rock for kaleidoscopic electro-pop. The snappy new sounds are being produced under the moniker Lovestreams, and the creator explained to Pitchfork:
"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."
Listen to the first sampling of a supposed collection of free songs below: