When we evaluated The Stand-Ins, we highlighted “Lost Coastlines” as (a) a standout and (b) a continuation of The Stage Names’s and the group’s seafaring themes and metaphors via its discussion of the turbulent ups and downs (aka waves) facing a working band (aka Okkervil River). It’s also “farewell” to the departed Jonathan Meiburg, who duets with Will Sheff, intoning about his voyage into Shearwater. The result is both poignant and rollicking. Much like the typical Stereogum office party.
Okkervil River – “Lost Coastlines” (MP3)
“We sail out on orders from him, but we find / the maps he sent to us don’t mention lost coastlines. / Where nothing we’ve actually seen has been mapped or outlined / For we don’t recognize the names upon these signs.” Sucks for you, guy replacing Jonathan.
The Stand-Ins is out 9/9 via Jagjaguwar.