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The Decemberists - Traveling On

We’re pleased to share that the title track from the ‘Traveling On’ EP

The EP “Traveling On” is the next iteration of The Decemberists B-sides series, a tradition that began in 2005 and serves as a follow up to “Florasongs” and “Long Live the King”. It’s comprised of five B-sides related to their last album ‘I’ll Be Your Girl’ (4 tracks that were exclusive to the Exploded Edition box set + a full band version of “Traveling On”). It is pressed onto Gold 10” Vinyl.

Here we are, in the final days of the YOUR GIRL/YOUR GHOST tour, the release of our 8th record, ‘I’ll Be Your Girl,’ a bare glimmer in the fogged rear-view mirror of time. Perhaps other bands would be content to rest on the laurels of another successful record released, another romp about the globe put to bed — BUT NOT THE DECEMBERISTS. No, folks, we have one last thing we’d like to impart to you before we go into our deserved siesta: We are announcing the ‘Traveling On EP’!

This little bugger is a sharp twenty-one minutes of songs that were recorded during the ‘I’ll Be Your Girl’ sessions but never quite found a home on the album those sessions produced. What’s the tracklisting, you ask? Look no further:

1. Down On The Knuckle
2. I Will Not Say Your Name
3. Tripping Along (Full Band Version)
4. Midlist Author
5. Traveling On

This EP will be out on compact disc, 10” vinyl and, as is the mode, digital bits via your preferred streaming service. However, if you order it now via the Decemberists shop, you can opt to receive a bespoke t-shirt as well. Vinyl copies will include a coupon for a digital download.

PLUS: if you order the EP through our web shop, you’ll INSTANTLY have access to digital files of two songs — “Traveling On” and “Tripping Along (Full Band Version).”

10” vinyl & CD released everywhere on December 14th, except UK/EU, released December 21st

The Decemberists performing “Traveling On” 2018 Capitol Records

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The Decemberists  have shared the second single from their forthcoming eighth studio album, I’ll Be Your Girl, out on March 16th via Capitol Records.

Their first single, “Severed,” saw the band taking on a radical new electronic, synth-pop sound as they name dropped unexpected influences like Roxy Music, New Order and Depeche Mode, and they even said it started as a punk song. Synths follow the band into their new single “Once In My Life” though the acoustic guitar-led intro and outro give off the familiar comfort of a traditional Decemberists track. However, sandwiched in between the song’s edges is a spacey, synth-driven track that somehow manages to coexist with the indie-folk balladry of front man Colin Meloy’s lead vocals.

Meloy said the track was elevated by the band in the studio and he commented, “We were playing that on the road as a folk-rock anthem thing, but bringing in that obliterating synth really took it somewhere different. The whole band really stepped up and transformed these arrangements.”Image may contain: shoes

New album ‘I’ll Be Your Girl’ available March 16th:

This thing, this molten piece of spectacular extravagance, is available for pre-order now and will ship no later than June 15th, 2018. No fear: each pre-order will come with a digital download of the album that can be redeemed on March 16 (the four extra tracks will be available for digital download on the shipping date).

FEATURES:
• Sixteen songs — all eleven of the album tracks + four exclusive tracks from the IBYG sessions
• Eight  7” vinyl records, each a different color
• Nine sleeve pinwheeling, heavy duty cardstock book with slide-out record jacket pockets, full color art from Carson Ellis and paper engineered pop-up elements
• Full color booklet SIGNED BY THE BAND
• Lives tidily inside a hefty chipboard slipcase.

(Plus a few special secrets)

“Once In My Life” is the first song on I’ll Be Your Girl. I imagine you’ve felt this way, or are maybe feeling this way right now. It’s a pretty universal sentiment, I think. Embrace it. Hope you enjoy the song. – Colin Meloy

The Decemberists are back! Their band members include drummer Joen Moen, guitarists Chris Funk and Colin Meloy who takes lead vocals, multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk and Nate Query playing bass.

This year sees the release of their latest album; I’ll Be Your Girl. And so, you can catch them showing off their new material Fans are all very excited to get their hands on The Decemberists tickets,

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The Decemberists  are exploring a new sound alongside a new producer on their eighth studio album, “I’ll Be Your Girl”, due out on March 16th via Capitol Records. The Colin Meloy-led, Portland-based band have detailed their John Congleton-produced new album and shared its first single, the swaggering, synth-driven track “Severed.”

If “Severed”—and the band’s I’ll Be Your Girl announcement, which cites influences like Roxy Music and New Order—is any indication, the album will be a somewhat radical departure for The Decemberists. Their new single builds from a dance floor-ready synth and percussion combo, soon adding dark guitar notes. Even Meloy’s familiar singing voice is subtly distorted, lending a swaggering attitude to lines like, “I alone am the answer / I alone will make wrongs right.”

“When you’ve been a band for 17 years, inevitably there are habits you fall into,” says Meloy in a statement. “So our ambition this time was really just to get out of our comfort zone. That’s what prompted working with a different producer and using a different studio. We wanted to free ourselves from old patterns and give ourselves permission to try something different.” Meloy recalled falling into such patterns on the group’s last record, 2015’s acclaimed What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.

WIth this freedom to push boundaries came an increased emphasis on collaboration. Speaking specifically to the process of writing and recording “Severed,” Meloy recalls, “That was written as a punk song, but wasn’t really working. [keyboardist] Jenny [Conlee] set this arpeggio throughout it, and it became like an early New Order song. And I had forgotten that when we made the demo, I also started a file to turn it into more of a Depeche Mode song—I actually wanted it to be a synth song all along.”

The Decemberists  will embark on the Your Girl / Your Ghost 2018 World Tour in March, with stops all around the globe.

Over the past 17 years, the members of The Decemberists have gravitated toward a variety of genres, from indie pop to the complexity of progressive rock. But with their new project Offa Rex — a collaboration between the Portland, Oregon-based outfit and the English singer Olivia Chaney frontman Colin Meloy and band members are dipping their toes into folk.

The Queen Of Hearts is the title of Offa Rex’s debut album, which features the musicians in The Decemberists backing up Chaney, who assumes lead vocalist duties. It’s a match made in folk-rock heaven. Like similar team-ups before, most notably the similiar legendary pairing of The Albion Band and Shirley Collins in the early 1970s  Queen Of Hearts is an interpolation of vintage British Isles folk music as filtered through electric guitars and a sinewy rock backbeat. The result is connecting the dots between contemporary indie music and a deeper cultural legacy.

The album draws heavily on the folk songbook, from the haunting drone of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” to the jangly melancholy of “Bonnie May,” a timeless ode to a love gone off to war. Tragedy, romance and the rhythms of everyday life inform Queen’s exquisitely curated playlist. “Dark Eyed Sailor,” a Steeleye Span favorite in the ’70s, coasts on gently strummed chords and Olivia Chaney’s heart-piercing plea for fidelity. And on the disc’s sumptuous title track, a psychedelic energy suffuses the song’s otherwise primordial lilt.

Chaney takes gripping prominence on the album — her voice is an arresting, attention-demanding trill — but she doesn’t sing lead throughout. On “Blackleg Miner,” Meloy sings lead, breathing a tremulous righteousness into the song’s tale of the plight of striking coalminers in 19th-century England. Steeleye Span returned the song to prominence in 1970, and Offa Rex does justice to a classic ballad of injustice. And on “Constant Billy Eddington/I’ll Go Enlist Sherborne,” vocals are done away with entirely, leaving the ebullient jig to dance along on its own.

The Decemberists have long shown a fascination with the tragedy of folklore, and it was probably inevitable that they’d wind up making a traditional folk-rock album at some point in their careers. But by teaming with Chaney, they’ve surpassed delivering a mere homage. Instead, The Queen Of Hearts hums with the resonance of bygone eras and ancient ways, of doomed love and arduous hardship — all of it embroidered into the patchwork tapestry of life itself.

If you’ve never found a way to experience the tragedy of traditional British folk music, Now is your chance the stunning new album by Offa Rex, “The Queen Of Hearts” is  the project of English singer Olivia Chaney and The Decemberists.

It’s apparently a record The Decemberists‘ leader Colin Meloy has wanted to make for years, to honor that great British tradition and also the way bands in the ’60s and ’70s, like Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, rocked it.

Offa Rex’s Olivia Chaney and Colin Meloy, are both artists are well-versed in the folk tradition as easily identified in Colin’s writing with The Decemberists  something he learned as a young lad growing up in Helena, Montana, while Chaney came to it through studying voice and piano in Oxford, England. On The Queen of Hearts, produced by Oregon-based producer Tucker Martine, you’ll hear their unique takes on classic records from such lumineries as Anne Briggs, Martin Carthy, Ewan MacColl, Phoebe Smith, June Tabor and more.

Colin Meloy told me, that he had the idea to make this record “because now I want to see out my fantasy of being in a ’60s psych-folk band from England. And I think Olivia was into the idea too,

The Queen of Hearts is out July 7th on Nonesuch Records.

A lovely performance of “The Mariner’s Revenge Song” by The Decemberists captured by Rosamannen

I’ve seen a couple of Mariner’s Revenge storyboards, and this one is my favorite. I think it’s because the expressions are dynamic with still being realistic to the shock and pain of the whole song’s situation. I also like the way you portrayed the son- he still maintains his youth and a sense of bewilderment even with the lust for revenge. I love this. En famille. Colin Meloy is a magnificent raconteur, in addition to his musical prowess and distinctive vocal style.  The Mariner’s Revenge Song. Animated Comics based on The Decemberists’ “Mariner’s Revenge Song”. Designed, directed, produced, illustrated and animated by Artur Janz. Written and sung by The Decemberists.

This comic were developed as a project to the Comics Workshop discipline in the UFPR’s (Universidade Federal Do Paraná) Graphics Design Graduation, under Rafael Dubiela supervision.