The Silver Gymnasium is the seventh album by American indie rock band Okkervil River, released on September 3, 2013. It is the band's first release after signing to ATO Records, and their first album not released through Jagjaguwar. The record is a concept album which takes place in lead-singer Will Sheff's home-town of Meriden, New Hampshire in 1986.
Okkervil River's first release for the ATO label is a concept album about innocence and youth, showing a kid's first glimpses into the adult world. It's set in the 1980s and comes with a map of Will Sheff’s hometown of Meriden, New Hampshire, showing where each song takes place. Okkervil River's first release for the ATO label is a concept album about innocence and youth, showing a kid's first glimpses into the adult world. Physical copies of Okkervil River’s eighth album- their ATO Records debut- include a map of frontman Will Sheff’s hometown of Meriden, New Hampshire, designed by the band’s long-time visual artist William Schaff. Points on the map correspond to songs on the tracklist to show where each is set.
Sheff sets Okkervil River's seventh album, The Silver Gymnasium, square in the heart of his own childhood; in the specific spot that produced his most sepia-toned memories.
The Silver Gymnasium. Released September 3, 2013. The Silver Gymnasium Tracklist. 1. It Was My Season Lyrics. The Silver Gymnasium is a loose concept album centered around singer Will Sheff’s hometown, Meriden, New Hampshire. Here’s how Sheff described it in an interview: I feel like most of what I wanted to say about my childhood is there in the album. Furthermore, I’m not sure I made this record because I wanted to say anything about my childhood so much as I made it because I wanted to talk about nostalgia and about childhood in general, and it felt more productive to use my own childhood as the model. The Silver Gymnasium Q&A.
Down Down the Deep River, 06:32. Lido Pier Suicide Car, 05:31. Where the Spirit Left Us, 03:47.
Okkervil River's 7th album, The Silver Gymnasium takes place in 1986 in a small town in New Hampshire where Will Sheff grew up. This is a special album for the band as it is Will's first autobiographical record. The album was produced by John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Dinosaur J. John Mellencamp, Cyndi Lauper). Exclusive discount for Prime members. Sample this album Artist (Sample).
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It Was My Season
On A Balcony
Down Down The Deep River
Lido Pier Suicide Car
Where The Spirit Left Us
Walking Without Frankie
All The Time Every Day
Phonographic Copyright (p)
Church House Studios
Russell Street Studio
The Honey Jar
Matt Hubbard Production
Artwork [Map Image]
Daniel Murphy ,
Artwork By [Back Cover Map]
Artwork By [Plainsfield Village Woodcut]
Composed By [Plainsfield Town Song]
Electric Guitar [Additional]
Clinton Newman (tracks: 8),
Michael St. Clair* (tracks: 10),
Will Sheff (tracks: 3, 5, 7, 10)
Electric Guitar [Second]
Brian Cassidy (tracks: 3, 8, 11)
Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Chris Mills (tracks: 1, 5, 10, 11),
Clinton Newman (tracks: 1. 5, 10, 11),
Jonathan Meiburg (tracks: 1, 5, 8, 10, 11),
Patrick Pestorius (tracks: 7)
Harmony Vocals [Additional]
Matt LeMay (tracks: 8)
John Congleton (tracks: 7)
Michael St. Clair* (tracks: 5)
Piano, Electric Piano [Rhodes], Harpsichord, Keyboards [Optigan], Glass Harmonica, Organ [Wurlitzer], Organ [B3], Synthesizer [JX3P], Synthesizer [Casiotone], Harmonium, Synthesizer [Moog], Synthesizer [Sequential Circuits], Electric Guitar [Second]
Matt Hubbard ,
Trombone, Flugelhorn, Trumpet, Synthesizer [Dave Smith Synthesizers], Percussion [Additional]
Michael St. Clair*
Comes in an oversized, gatefold cardboard sleeve. Includes a printed inner sleeve for the disc and an eight panel fold-out insert with artwork, lyrics and credits.
Rear cover lists total run time at 48:58.
Recorded at Church House Studios in Austin TX by John Agnello and David Boyle. And at Russell Street Studio in Brooklyn NY by John Agnello, Crystal Sniffer in Brooklyn NY by Will Sheff, the Honeyjar in Brooklyn NY by Phil Palazzolo, Cacophony Recorders in Austin TX by John Congleton, and Matt Hubbard Productions in Austin TX by Matt Hubbard.
Back cover map by Vernon Hood, about 1956, courtesy of the Plainfield Conservation Commission. "Plainfield Village" woodcut by Fiske Boyd, courtesy of Hillary Sundell. "I and He" by Marion V. Cuthbert, originally published in Songs of Creation (Women's Press, 1949). Plainsfield Town Song composed by Lucy Ruggles Bishop, 1961, public domain.