Less than two years after the release of “The Hazards of Love” (Capitol, 2009), an ambitious album—a “folk opera”—inspired by 60’s British folk (especially by the music of Anne Briggs) and devised as a long amorous narrative, lawyer Colin Meloy and The Decemberists are back with a new long player. Colin’s passion for literature is evident on the album, the 6th of the band’s discography, that’s said to be more contained and simple, less pompous and more American. In Colin’s words, “sometimes I kind of miss the epic-ness of the other albums, but it's nice to get all of the information across in three minutes. It's like going from reading a novel to reading a bunch of short stories.”
The album, entitled “The King Is Dead”, features ten songs of illustrated pop that the Portland-based band have recorded with the help of R.E.M’s Peter Buck (he plays guitar on three songs), Gillian Welch (backing vocals on “Down By The Water”, the first single off the album available as of next Monday) and Tucker Martine.
“The King Is Dead” will hit retailers on 8th January via Capitol (a day before in Europe through Rough Trade). The album cover, as usual, is the work of Carson Ellis, Colin Meloy’s wife.
The Decemberists - “The King Is Dead” 01. Don't Carry It All 02. Calamity Song 03. Rise to Me 04. Rox in the Box 05. January Hymn 06. Down By the Water 07. All Arise! 08. June Hymn 09. This Is Why We Fight 10. Dear Avery