The Decemberists are a band that has always intrigued me: they can be elusively erudite, with solidly attractive melodies, and say what you will about the nasal twang of Colin Meloy’s voice – folks either seem to love it or hate it. I know less of their music that I probably should (although I definitely have gone through a solid year-long fling with “Red Right Ankle” lately). But that all might change if their new album sounds as irresistible as this first track they’ve released today.
I’m kinda gobsmacked by the combination of Decemberists + Gillian Welch + harmonica + Peter Buck on jangly guitar like it’s 1993.
STREAM: Down By The Water (feat. Gillian Welch & Peter Buck) – The Decemberists
The King Is Dead is due out in January on Capitol.