The Decemberists to Release "The King Is Dead" on January 8
Fri, 12 Nov 2010 16:06:53
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The Decemberists have announced a January 18, 2011 release date for their new album The King is Dead through Capitol Records. The title makes me think of Elvis Presley - what about you?
The album—a set of 10 concise, country-based songs—marks a deliberate turn towards simplicity after the band's wildly ambitious and widely acclaimed 2009 song-cycle The Hazards of Love. Produced once again by Tucker Martine, The King Is Dead features special guest appearances by Americana luminary Gillian Welch on seven tracks and legendary R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck on three tracks.
A pre-order of The King is Dead will launch at Decemberists.com beginning November 22, for all those eager, anticipatory fans.
In a statement, band member Colin Meloy pointed out that creating straightforward, unadorned songs can be at least as hard as building complicated musical epics. "For all my talk about how complex those records were, this one may have been harder to do," he said. "It'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."
The album was recorded in a converted barn at Pendarvis Farm, an 80-acre estate of lush meadows, forest, and Mt. Hood views outside of Portland, and it was the concept of the barn—as recording space and as attitude—that informed the making of The King is Dead. "We wanted that ethos," he continued. "That was the color we wanted the record to have."
To Meloy, in some ways The King is Dead also represents his own musical journey coming full circle. "Over the last eleven years or so, since I moved to Portland, I feel like I've been mining mostly English traditions for influence," he said. "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."
The track listing for The King is Dead follows:
1. Don't Carry It All
2. Calamity Song
3. Rise to Me
4. Rox in the Box
5. January Hymn
6. Down by the Water
7. All Arise!
8. June Hymn
9. This is Why We Fight
10. Dear Avery
Are you planning to pre-order The King is Dead?