When looking back at the accomplishments for Indie Rock mainstays, The Decemberists, one may think that they have little left to prove on their eighth album. However, this group has never been afraid to make the music they want to make, and bring their loyal fans along for every thrilling and unique chorus. I’ll Be Your Girl finds The Decemberists not only comfortable with who they are, but also as an artist willing to paint with new and vibrant colors.
The flowery cover art and liner notes fit the content of the music well as the album shines brightly and helps paint the story on a canvas that fans of the band have grown accustomed to. The first single and album opener, “Once in My Life” starts the listeners’ experience on the LP on a high note with the familiar strumming of an acoustic guitar and the warm, anthemic vocals of singer Colin Meloy who puts everyone on notice that all is not well in the world. Given the current state of the political climate and the honesty portrayed in The Decemberists’ catalog, it’s easy to tune in for the ride the band takes us on for this album.
The Decemberists performed “Severed” and “We All Die Young” on Kimmel the other night.
The Decemberists’ new album is up for stream over at NPR.
The Decemberists have released their new song “Once in My Life.”
The Decemberists will release their new album, I’ll Be Your Girl, on March 16th. Today they’ve debuted the new song “Severed” on Spotify and Apple Music.
The Decemberists have released “Ben Franklin’s Song” on Spotify and Apple Music. The song puts an unused set of lyrics that Lin-Manuel Miranda originally wrote for Hamilton to music. A note from the band explaining the process can be found below.
Death Cab for Cutie and The Decemberists are teaming up to lead a special benefit show in Seattle on June 9th. The press release can be found below.
As The Decemberists took to the stage at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, it became obvious that they could have played a room worlds larger than the largest club venue in Philadelphia if they desired. The rapturous sold out crowd of 3,000 roared back the words to the opening salvo, the three-part odyssey “The Crane Wife”, from the album of the same name that recently turned ten years old. The fact that they booked the “Shuffling Off to Ragnarok” tour at venues such as this, though, speaks to a desire for intimacy; a desire to hear and be heard, a desire to share a smaller space with the people who care most about them.
The Decemberists have announced their own curated festival, Travelers’ Rest, that will take place August 12th and 13th at Big Sky Brewing Company Amphitheater in Missoula, Montana. The lineup can be found below.
The Decemberists have shared an alternate version of “Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)” from their upcoming five-LP box set.
The Decemberists have shared the demo version of “The Crane Wife 1, 2 & 3.” The track comes from their upcoming box set reissue of the album.
The Decemberists have announced a new reissue of The Crane Wife to celebrate the 10-year anniversary. The 5xLP box set will be out on December 9th. Pre-orders are now up.
The Decemberists have posted up a board game on Kickstarter. The game was designed along with illustrator Carson Ellis and game designer Keith Baker. It’s called Illimat and there are a whole lot of options for purchase.