The Decemberists – “Down By The Water”

By jessica / November 2, 2010

The Decemberists have announced a release date and title to their Hazards Of Love follow-up. It’s called The King Is Dead, was recorded in a barn outside Portland, and it’ll be out in mid-January. Tucker Martine produced. “Down By The Water” is the first taste of the new album, though the band have been playing it live a lot. Gillian Welch appears on seven tracks, and on this one is joined by Peter Buck on 12 string. Colin Meloy says The King is influenced by R.E.M; you’ll hear that on this track. Have a listen:

The Decemberists – “Down By The Water”

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The King Is Dead is out 1/18. Tracklist:

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”

UPDATE: Album cover, and some words from Colin via press release:

The Decemberists - The King Is Dead

“For all my talk about how complex those records were, this one may have been harder to do. IIt’s a real challenge to make simple music, and lot of times we had to deliberately hold off and keep more space. This record is an exercise in restraint.”

“Over the last eleven years or so, since I moved to Portland, I feel like I’ve been mining mostly English traditions for influence. I guess I’ve kind of come back to a lot of the more American music that got me going in the first place – R.E.M. and Camper Van Beethoven and all these bands that borrowed from more American traditions like Neil Young and the Byrds.”

“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.”