Will Sheff: “Down Down The Deep River” (Live In Studio 1A)

Photo by Ben Sklar

Will Sheff’s songs are often called novelistic, but “cinematic” also applies. Okkervil River’s “Down Down The Deep River” opens with a swooping establishing shot: “Spit into the center of your hometown, there are leaves in the street, and there are friends around you now / All the days of your life in a line.” Its album, 2013’s The Silver Gymnasium, also feels like a film, guiding you through Sheff’s adolescent days in Meriden, New Hampshire.

Fittingly, Sheff is in town to debut an ambitious, forty-five minute music video for the song as part of the first annual Austin Music Video Festival. Catch the film plus a solo acoustic performance tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz (plus another showing at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar on Sunday at 2 p.m.), and download a Studio 1A version of the song below.

–Art Levy

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