Okkervil River / Sleep and Wake-Up Songs
Album: Sleep and Wake-Up Songs   Collection:General
Artist:Okkervil River   Added:Jan 2005

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-03-06 Pull Date: 2005-05-08
Week Ending: May 8 Apr 24 Apr 10 Mar 27 Mar 20
Airplays: 2 2 3 2 2

Recent Airplay
1. May 16, 2023: Strum, Pick, and Thrash
Just Give Me Time
4. Apr 27, 2009: In-Somnia
A Favor
2. Oct 05, 2010: Daydream Disaster
Just Give Me Time
5. Mar 03, 2009: At the Cafe Subhemian
Just Give Me Time
3. Jun 03, 2010: Friend of Mine
A Favor
6. Jan 14, 2009: public noize racket
Just Give Me Time, And I Have Seen the World of

Album Review
Reviewed 2005-02-23
This EP (following 2003’s Down the River of Golden Dreams) finds the band back with yet another excellent batch of depressingly beautiful narrative songs, united by the theme of sleep/waking-up. It's indie pop with a tinge of country and folk. There's a surprising amount of elusiveness to these songs than I expected: from the lack of details about the characters involved to the ambiguity of themes. Actually the entire EP seems a little uncharacteristic of the band, or at least the band in Down the River. The instruments (acoustic and electric guitar, organ, piano) sound a little loose­--there's a very casual and free-wheeling feel. The singer conveys a melancholy with such sweet lethargy­, which is especially fitting. If you're not convinced at first listen, these songs will grow on you. FCC clean.

**1. Pretty monotone but breaks out into moments of climatic vocals and more instrumentation. Layered vocals. Seems to be about sexual confusion and abandonment. (5:59)
2. Sparse acoustic guitar rhythm over sort of detached delivery of a song about relationships and confinement. (3:05)
3. Chock full of imagery contrasting a dream world and the real world. Very slow and subdued. (4:20)
**4. Tingling acoustic guitar melody. The desperate pleas for "more time" are so sincere, how could anyone refuse? (4:08)
5. Clever title for a song that seems to be about uncertainty. Lots of little crescendos. (4:26)

Track Listing
1. A Favor   3. And I Have Seen the World of
2. You're United Again   4. Just Give Me Time
  5. No Hidden Track