New Decemberists (Feat. Becky Stark) – “Won’t Want For Love (Margaret In The Taiga)”

The next song title in a collection of very Decemberisty track titles to come from the Portland outfit’s forthcoming The Hazards Of Love is “Won’t Want For Love (Margaret In The Taiga).” It’s a distinct shift from the tanpura-and-strums of “The Hazards Of Love (The Prettiest Whistles Won’t Wrestle The Thistles Undone)” and the balls of “The Rake’s Song,” unfolding as a funky, occasionally ’70s-psychedelic folk rocker. It’s a song sung from the perspective of Margaret, played here by Lavender Diamond’s Becky Stark, who got herself knocked up by William (one Colin Meloy). As the album unfolds, their love is contested by a “jealous forest queen” voiced by My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden. In other words, Colin Meloy is thesaurus-rock’s Woody Allen.

The Hazards Of Love is out 3/24 via Capitol.