October 31, 2011

The Decemberists: Long Live The King

The Decemberists
photo: Autumn DeWilde

The Decemberists are releasing an EP with b-sides and demos. Long Live The King is an addendum to their latest studio album The King Is Dead. The songs were recorded at Pendarvis Farm, near Portland, OR, in the Spring of 2010.

The tracks are a little rougher around the edges than the pastoral sounds of the full-length, especially during the bluesy Burying Davy and the demo I 4 U & U 4 Me. The EP is a behind-the-scenes collection of songs, with a cover of The Grateful Dead's Row Jimmy that may scare the hipster segment of their fan base. They sound like a great bar band, slightly uneven, not drunk yet, but getting there. The EP's closer Sonnet finds the band n a melancholy folk mood. Singer Colin Meloy is all by himself for about half the songs, playing his acoustic guitar, before the band kicks in, led a mournful brass section.

The Decemberists: Long Live The King

Long Live The King is released on Capitol Records. On CD, 10 inch vinyl and digital.

  1. E. Watson
  2. Foregone
  3. Burying Davy
  4. I 4 U & U 4 Me
  5. Row Jimmy
  6. Sonnet

» decemberists.com

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