The cerebral Texan rockers turn in a richly textured reflection on small-town youth, writes Ally Carnwath. Like plenty of literate heartland rock bands before them, Okkervil River riff on the theme of small-town youth. Their seventh album is set in mid-1980s New Hampshire and examines or reimagines the childhood of frontman Will Sheff. He's a fine lyricist and the songs are rich with detail of the hopes, frustrations and Atari computer games of his formative years without drifting into nostalgic reverie. But the musical arrangements, laden with pianos, brass, synths and strings in occasionally strained approximation of Arcade Fire, aren't always so nuanced. Still, in its more understated moments, such as slow-burn closer Black Nemo, music and memory chime beautifully.