The Decemberists

Biography

The Decemberists is an American indie-folk-rock band, formed in Oregon in 2000. The musicians named their group after the decemberists’ rebellion in Russia in 1825. It is not a surprise that the band with such an unusual name plays quite unusual and original music - The Decemberists use a great variety of instruments, including accordion, contrabass, Hammond organ and many others. Thus they get the incredibly atmospheric music with easy recognizable sound.

The release of the musicians’ debut record titled Castaways And Cutouts took place in 2002. Its cover was created by Carson Ellis, Colin Meloy’s wife. The band members enjoyed her artwork so much that all the following covers were also made by Ellis. The long play Castaways And Cutouts got fair reviews from the experts, while the listeners did not have to wait for the new album for a long time. The Decemberists pleased their fans in 2003 by the studio attempt Her Majesty, which proved to be as interesting, as its predecessor. The original music and lyrics helped the group to make a name and to get a truly well-deserved attention to their creativity.

The musicians released their third album Picaresque in 2005. Due to that record they managed to sign the contract with the major label Capitol Records, and a year later The Decemberists issued one of their best long plays titled The Crane Wife (2006), based upon an eponymous Japanese tale. The fans had to wait for the following work for three years, but the traditionally strong album The Hazards Of Love (2009) completely satisfied all their expectations. The rock opera The Hazards Of Love was enjoyed not only by the band’s old listeners, but also by all the rock lovers, which was not a surprise: The Decemberists are able to play easily in many styles and genres.

Early in 2011 The Decemberists presented their new creation The King Is Dead. Inspired by the music of R.E.M. and The Smiths The Decemberists again succeeded in recording of a very atmospheric album. It is worth mentioning that songs Don't Carry It All, Calamity Song and Down By The Water were recorded with R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, which definitely added some charm. It is still impossible to mix upThe Decemberists’ signature sound with someone else’s, and The King Is Dead was very well received by the experts, who noted the highest level of performance. That long play will be interesting for all the lovers of original music, and such rememberable compositions as Rox In The Box, All Arise! and many others prove that perfectly.

Studio Albums

The Decemberists, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World mp3What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World
2015
  • Chamber Pop
  • Folk Rock
  • Indie Rock
The Decemberists, The King Is Dead mp3The King Is Dead
The Decemberists has recorded an album that combines everything they have achieved stylistically and instrumentally in the last few years with song structures maximum close to standar
2011
  • Alt-Country
  • Country Rock
  • Folk Rock
The Decemberists, The Hazards of Love mp3The Hazards of Love
2009
  • Folk Rock
  • Indie Rock
  • Progressive Rock
  • Rock Opera
The Decemberists, The Crane Wife mp3The Crane Wife
The Crane Wife is not an album of poetry set to music, so much as it is an album of music laced with poetry. It sounds like the band's most shapely album to date, resembling a spirited story arc in its set-up, rising action, climax, and resolution
2006
  • Baroque Pop
  • Chamber Pop
  • Folk Rock
  • Indie Pop
The Decemberists, Picaresque mp3Picaresque
2005
  • Baroque Pop
  • Chamber Pop
  • Folk Rock
  • Indie Pop
  • Indie Rock
The Decemberists, Her Majesty the Decemberists mp3Her Majesty the Decemberists
2003
  • Folk Rock
  • Indie Pop
The Decemberists, Castaways and Cutouts mp3Castaways and Cutouts
2002
  • Baroque Pop
  • Chamber Pop
  • Folk Rock
  • Indie Pop
  • Indie Rock

EP

The Decemberists, Florasongs mp3Florasongs
2015
  • Indie Rock
The Decemberists, iTunes Session mp3iTunes Session
2011
  • Folk Rock
  • Indie Pop
The Decemberists, 5 Songs mp35 Songs
2003
  • Baroque Pop
  • Chamber Pop
  • Folk Rock
  • Indie Pop

Soundtracks

The Decemberists, Here Come the Waves: The Hazards of Love Visualized mp3Here Come the Waves: The Hazards of Love Visualized
The Decemberists' front man has chosen some more tranquil British folk tendencies for their new album The Hazards Of Love. Considering the specific character of the album several guest vocalists have participated in the recording
2009
  • Folk Rock
  • Indie Rock
  • Progressive Rock
  • Rock Opera
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