Wake And Be Fine contains many contrasts. The verses are frenetic and punchy with lyrics to match and standard rock instrumentation. Into this tempestuous sea the choruses arrive like tranquil islands, musically and lyrically, with string arrangements in soothing Viennese waltz-time.
Personally the combinations leave me thinking about how many levels there are to wake up from, the nightmares of sleep, the nightmares of the real world or the trance like state in which we drift through life.
Okkervil River's new album I Am Very Far is due for release on the 10th of May but Wake And Be Fine is available for free download from their website (link attached). Interestingly their previous single Mermaid was in slow waltz time if that's more your pace.