Endings are often just the beginnings of something new, or as the old saying goes, when one door closes, another door opens. However you express it, the concept that change is painful but can lead you in a new direction is as old as pain itself. Okkervil Rivers’s Away seems to be frontman Will Sheff’s reckoning with death, exits, moves, and all other trappings of transition. The album opens with the plaintive acoustic pickings of “Okkervil River R.I.P.,” which would lead us to think two things: the band is in flux and Away is going to be a somber excursion with Sheff. There is some truth to both of those presumptions. Some members of the Okkervil backing band have moved on, but the shiny side of that coin is that Sheff employed some exciting new talent to fill out the orchestration, creating a new sound for the album. Marissa Nadler, the classical ensemble yMusic, Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg, and many more lend their diverse musical gifts to Away , opening a new sonic doorway inside the Okkervil universe.