Jonathan Meiburg was in great voice Friday afternoon for the WFUV showcase at SXSW. Shearwater, the band he founded with Will Sheff out of Okkervil River in '99, has seen a burst of attention come their way this year for their 8th album, Animal Joy, which they did a big chunk of for the FUV live broadcast.
It was a cool set, after starting out with a deeper cut they went into the first half of Animal Joy, in sequence. There's a real arc to the songs, they create an atmosphere that slowly builds to a grand finish -- which you can see the video of the last song, below.
The crowd did what you do during a deep, cerebral, prog-rocky performance: They sat, rapt, nodding their heads, and we agree. Yes, yes.
- The Snow Leopard
- Animal Life
- Breaking the Yearlings
- Dread Sovereign
- You As You Were