I think I can finally see Shearwater without unfairly casting them in the shadow of Okkervil River. The former side project has been a stand alone unit (without Okkervil frontman Will Sheff) for several years now, but the side-project feel was hard to shake. Signing to Sub-pop never hurts when it comes to taking a band more seriously, but its their first single for the label that really has me reevaluating the band. "Breaking the Yearlings" is massive, vaguely prog-rock and a great reminder that Ornate arrangements don't have to be tame arrangements.
"Breaking the Yearlings" is the first single off of Animal Joy, which drops February 14