Sheff released a statement about the new album, saying, “When I was just a kid, I got caught up in the dream of being a rock and roll star. 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 centers 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.”
Okkervil River’s last album was 2018’s In the Rainbow Rain.
Will Sheff Nothing Special tracklist:
The Spiral Season
In The Thick Of It
Like The Last Time
Okkervil River are featured on our list, A History of Indie Folk in 45 Albums.