Pastoral Genocide

Will Sheff – Cedar’s, Youngstown Ohio
July 7, 2008, 3:57 pm
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Download Will Sheff, Youngstown OH, 28 Febuary 2008

This recording is a meandering and fantastic gem. The sound quality is close to impeccable. The set list [comprised of Okkeveril River songs, mostly] has that certain sort of quotidian magic. For his part, Sheff twists and turns each song into a crashing force, a tidal wall of emotion and emergent purpose. There is an individual taste of auetership; replication is an impossible and distant idea. As Sheff’s pitch and poise teeters and wavers, often being pushed to an undefined but readily apparent line of demarcation, we understand that this is something remarkable, something important. To me, this set is why we listen to music, why we drive two hours to go to a dirty venue on a Tuesday evening, and why we wake up the next day half-drunk and late for work.


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